Obituary: Theodore Johnathan Kopkin, 90

Obituary: Theodore Johnathan Kopkin, 90

Theodore Johnathan Kopkin passed away peacefully Saturday, May 30, 2015. He was surrounded by his loving wife, Ethel, and his children, Marian and Mark.

Ted enjoyed a wonderful life for 90 years. He was born to Sol and Chana Malka Kopkin, of blessed memory, Aug. 6, 1924, in Chattanooga, Tenn. After graduating from Chattanooga High School, Ted enlisted in the Army during World War II. He served in the military as a sergeant in Burma and China for 4½ years. Ted received his B.A. from the University of Chattanooga and his master’s degree from Emory University. Ted was a sweet, intelligent and gentle man who loved life and his family. He always looked for the best in people and loved to laugh. Ted had a great sense of humor and an avid interest in history, literature and what makes the cosmos tick. He was a writer, a poet and a philosopher. He drew people to him who felt his compassion for life. He taught at Atlanta and Emory universities. Everyone loved to be around him and listen to his stories. He loved classical music and the opera and was an avid reader. Above all, he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He leaves a tremendous hole in our lives.

Ted was preceded in death by his brothers, Dave and Jackie, and his sister, Lena. In addition to his wife and children, Ted is survived by grandchildren Matthew, Sam, Bryan and Sarah, and Bruce and Lenora Kopkin and Marcie and Robbie Mott. Ted will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, at Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbis Phil Kranz and Brad Levenberg officiating. Please sign the guestbook at In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ted’s memory may be made to Temple Sinai or Davis Academy. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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