Deceased Information

  • DECEASED

    Leon Eplan

  • AGE

    92

  • DATE OF DEATH

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 (Before Sunset)

  • DATE OF FUNERAL

    Friday, April 16, 2021

  • TIME OF FUNERAL

    2:00 PM

  • PLACE OF FUNERAL

    Via Zoom. See Obituary below.

  • PLACE OF BURIAL

  • SHIVA INFORMATION

    Shiva will be held via Zoom on Sunday, April 18 from 4- 6pm and Monday, April 19, from 7- 8:15pm.

    Click HERE to join the shiva.

    Meeting ID: 840 7119 5866
    Passcode: 811142

  • DONATIONS

    • ❖ The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta for the Boys High Scholarship Fund

      191 Peachtree Street, Suite 1000, Atlanta, GA 30303

    • William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

      1440 Spring Street Atlanta GA 30309

  • OBITUARY

    Click HERE to view the funeral live.

    Meeting ID: 841 9285 9802
    Passcode: 821801


    Leon Eplan, a man of infectious optimism whose life’s work helped lift the city of Atlanta to new heights, passed away on April 15th, 2021 at the age of 92. He is survived by his three children, Elise Eplan (Bob Marcovitch), Jana Eplan (Craig Frankel) and Harlan Eplan (Jen Denbo), as well as six grandchildren; Gil, Tali and Tamir Eplan-Frankel; Max and Hannah Marcovitch; and Madeleine Denbo Eplan. His wife, Madalyne Buchman Eplan and his sister, Carolyn Goldsmith, predeceased him.

    Born to Sam and Bess Eplan on November 24, 1928, Leon was a fourth generation Jewish Atlantan. He grew up in Midtown, attending Boys High (now Grady High School) and later Emory University. He participated in the AZA youth organization, where he was elected to regional and national positions. He relished the debate, basketball, dances and travel during those years, retaining life-long friendships that he cherished.

    A self-described wayward student in his early youth he hit his stride in his 20s accumulating masters degrees from the University of Tennessee, the University of North Carolina and the London School of Economics.

    After a short stint in the army, he met and married Madalyne Buchman in 1959, and they shared a wonderful and adventuresome life together. With their three children, extended family and countless friends, their Ansley Park home was always full of people. Leon loved his big rambling house and was devoted to the neighborhood. He often liked to recount that he and Madalyne couldn’t get a loan when they first sought to live in Ansley Park because the neighborhood was redlined by the banks as a neighborhood “in decline.” Leon crafted a neighborhood plan in the 1960s, helping to revive the neighborhood to its historic glory. They lived in the house for 50 years.

    He began a long and illustrious city planning career as a consultant to cities around the country. During this time, he was also involved in the planning of the MARTA rail system. In 1974, he was tapped by the newly elected mayor, Maynard Jackson, to become the Commissioner of Budget and Planning, serving in that role from 1974 - 1978. One of his most enduring accomplishments during that time was the creation of the Neighborhood Planning (NPU) program which gives local neighborhoods a voice in local development and was considered a bold innovation when it was created. In 1979, he was named the Director of Graduate Studies in City Planning at Georgia Tech. He served as President of the American Institute of Planners (now the American Planning Association) and won numerous city planning honors and awards. He proudly chaired the board of the Boys High Alumni Association and was a longtime board member of Southface Energy Institute.

    Leon continued to teach and consult until 1990 when Mayor Jackson asked him to return to City Hall to help prepare Atlanta for the 1996 Olympic games. Embedded in this work was a driving purpose far bigger than putting on successful global games. Leon deeply believed that the Olympics should be a vessel for urban Atlanta’s contemporary rebirth. “We’re not doing these things simply for the Olympics,” he said. “We’re using the Olympics to build a new city.” Decades later, in his late eighties, he was one of three authors of a just published book on the subject, Atlanta’s Olympic Resurgence.

    In 1991, Leon spearheaded and helped broker a resolution between GA DOT and multiple intown neighborhood associations to avert a highly controversial highway extension. The result of this work was the John Lewis Freedom Parkway, which added miles of usable greenspace to the inner city. This was a source of great pride for him.

    Leon held many convictions as a visionary planner, including the need to transition away from a car dependent city to a more pedestrian and public-transit friendly place, the need for affordable housing, and the vital role that parks and greenspace play in the livability of a city. He also felt that a city’s magic lay in its rich diversity - he was involved in and passionate about civil rights and social justice throughout his life.

    Most of all, Leon fiercely loved Atlanta, “From my father and grandfather, I inherited a feeling that the city was very important and that it was my obligation to give back to the city.” It filled him with enormous pride that his three children chose to live in and raise their children in Atlanta, living around the corner from each other in Morningside. His faith in the promise of his beloved city never wavered.

    His family will be forever grateful to wonderful, loving caregivers who made his final days peaceful and comfortable - Chantelle, Peggy and Juliana. In addition, the staff from Agape Hospice were invaluable in the last few weeks.

    Funeral will be family only but others can join via Zoom. Funeral and shiva Information can be found at: Dressler’s Jewish Funerals (https://dresslerjewishfunerals.com). If you wish to honor Leon, please consider donations to Boys High Scholarship Fund - (The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta for the Boys High Scholarship Fund, 191 Peachtree Street, Suite 1000, Atlanta, GA 30303), The Breman Jewish Heritage Museum (https://www.thebreman.org/) or a charity of your choice.

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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Neil Rubin

    Dear Jana, Craig and family: I have wonderful memories of your dad and extended family from my years in Atlanta. I remember being graciously invited to Shabbat dinner at your parents house and the warmth I always felt. Ronit and I send our virtual hug from Baltimore for a man and family whom we deeply respect.

    April 30, 2021 , 12:30 PM


  • Albert Sweet (Bert)

    I was saddened to learn of the loss of Leon, who seemed immortal. Please accept my deepest condolences. I remember, from 1948, playing 2 x 2 touch football by the fraternity house, on the side street off N. Decatur Rd, every afternoon after lunch, it was Leon and I vs. Sheldon Gelburd and Harry Kruger. May history note and remember what is said here.

    April 24, 2021 , 05:58 PM


  • David Mermin

    Very sad to lose Leon and Madalyne so closely in time - such wonderful, warm, generous people, they enriched my life and obviously so many others. Leon was a true mensch and a role model to me growing up, even if I didn't realize it at the time. He had so much to teach and share about building a community, making the world better, and being a loving, funny, supportive, caring dad. I want to hug all the Eplans and hope to do so in the near future! Love and condolences to you all.

    April 23, 2021 , 11:55 PM


  • Janet Sugarman

    Elise and Jana, I'm sa sorry to read of your father's death, and so soon after the lose of your wonderful mother. Please know that Jerry and I have you and your families in our hearts and minds.

    April 22, 2021 , 01:11 AM


  • Betty H Kabaker

    So many years of friendship with Leon. He will always be in my heart.

    April 21, 2021 , 11:27 PM


  • Rhoda Nichaman

    May the fond memories of your lives together be a comfort to you at this sad time. Love and all the best, Rhoda

    April 20, 2021 , 01:26 PM


  • Dennis Creech

    Leon was indeed a visionary. However, sometimes our visionaries are people with large egos. This was not Leon. He never really sought the spotlight. He was humble, wickedly funny, smart, quick to laugh and most generous with sharing his wisdom. He was also tenacious. For years, he chipped away at stale traditional thinking and today we are better in many ways.

    April 19, 2021 , 05:39 PM


  • Sherie and Artie

    We enjoyed being able to hear all the wonderful comments and stories about Leon this afternoon. We will miss the warmth he showed us over the past 30+ years. Whenever we saw him - at 1 Barksdale or in the community - he was always so interested in how we and our kids were doing. I think we "disappointed" him, though, when we moved to Dunwoody - that was not the same as Atlanta - from his perspective, that was like moving to another country! We were privileged to have been even a small part of the life of such an incredible person, and we will continue to cherish our friendship with his family. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    April 18, 2021 , 11:05 PM


  • Martin and Flo Richman

    Almost 70 years ago, Marty and Leon became Army buddies at Camp Gordon in Augusta, part of a small group of enlisted men, fresh with graduate degrees, who were assembled to write a crash course in the social sciences for the summer training of civil affairs-military government reserve officers. Improbably, we pulled it off, and had a lot of fun together on the side. As the "local" guy, Leon was our spark plug for many weekend expeditions -- to Atlanta often, of course, and also Savannah, Columbia and Isle of Pines. Later, Leon organized several reunions of the group, now fortified with spouses, at various locations in the South. These were also good fun. But most memorable over the years and decades that followed our Army service were trips to Atlanta that Marty and Flo, and once our children as well, took in connection with work or Bar events, or just pure pleasure. The hospitality at One Barksdale of Leon and Madalyne was exceptional, and we enjoyed many good times with their friends, whom we came to cherish over the years. And there was. unfailingly, a welcome tour -- no matter the hour of arrival -- of the sites of current urban planning efforts, or in some cases sites yet to be transformed by them, accompanied by Leon's informative and enthusiastic narration. We loved Leon and Madalyne dearly. Marty knew and admired Leon's parents, and we both came to know and love Elyse, Jana and Harlan and their families in turn. Our hearts and thoughts are with you all.

    April 18, 2021 , 09:01 PM


  • Barbaa & Dick Planer

    Our love and condolences to you on your loss. Leon's impact will live on in his beloved city, but his true legacy lies in his and Madalyne's outstanding children. Their influence shines in the three of you.

    April 18, 2021 , 07:38 PM


  • Eunice Gloveer

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. We sincerely appreciate all of the wonderful things Mr. Leon Eplan did for the City of Atlanta and the Community. Mr. Eplan will always be remembered for the talent you shared with the City of Atlanta and all who came in contact with you. Many thanks!

    April 17, 2021 , 07:49 PM


  • Barbara Klein Davis

    Leon will be missed by all who knew him and those that love him. I certainly will never forget his graciousness and generosity in the time I spent in the house and with the family.

    April 17, 2021 , 01:16 PM


  • Barbara Klein Davis

    Leon will be missed by all who knew him and those that love him. I certainly will never forget his graciousness and generosity in the time I spent in the house and with the family.

    April 17, 2021 , 01:16 PM


  • Larry Pike

    A wonderful man. On a personal level Bonnie and I were lucky enough to have Leon and Madalyne as neighbors in Ansley Park. On a community level Atlanta owes much to Leon. My condolences to Elise, Jana and Harlan.

    April 17, 2021 , 12:25 PM


  • Larry Pike

    A wonderful man. On a personal level Bonnie and I were lucky enough to have Leon and Madalyne as neighbors in Ansley Park. On a community level Atlanta owes much to Leon. My condolences to Elise, Jana and Harlan.

    April 17, 2021 , 12:25 PM


  • Larry Pike

    A wonderful man. On a personal level Bonnie and I were lucky enough to have Leon and Madalyne as neighbors in Ansley Park. On a community level Atlanta owes much to Leon. My condolences to Elise, Jana and Harlan.

    April 17, 2021 , 12:25 PM


  • Jamie Weisman and Victor Balaban

    Harlan, Jana, and Elise - I adored your parents, that warm and wonderful home on Barksdale that was. a haven from suburbia. Your dad's vision of Atlanta has been realized so many ways, and though I know he would always think he had more work to do, I am so happy he knows his legacy will endure. Our thoughts are with you all - Madelyn and Leon passed down their warmth, generosity, compassion and vision to all of you. My love to the three of you, to Jen, Craig and Bob, and all the grandkids. Their lives were gifts to all of us.

    April 16, 2021 , 11:41 PM


  • Ghila and David Sanders

    Dear Elise, Jana and Harlan, we are deeply sorry for your loss and grateful to Leon for his vision, leadership and boundless spirit. May his memory be a blessing and his life celebrated for generations to come.

    April 16, 2021 , 11:40 PM


  • Lisa Zier

    Jana, Elise and Harlan - please know I’m thinking of you during this very difficult time. Your dad was a wonderful man - I know he was extremely proud of you all.

    April 16, 2021 , 10:43 PM


  • Louise and Bob Gerber

    Our condolences to Leon's immediate and extended family. Leon was a mentor, colleague and proud to say a friend. Bob

    April 16, 2021 , 09:26 PM


  • Terry and Lisa Sheahan

    What a beautiful service. Clearly Leon was well loved and respected by family, friends and colleagues. A life well lived, thoughts are with you all today.

    April 16, 2021 , 07:59 PM


  • Sheli and Sam Feldman

    Elise and Jana and families, We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved father. A true Atlanta icon like no other, he was cherished by his many friends and family. May his memory be a blessing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss of your parents.

    April 16, 2021 , 07:41 PM


  • Nicole Lue

    I only had the opportunity to meet Mr. Eplan briefly at a family event, but in that time I found him to be so delightful and proud of his grandchildren. The way he spoke of my friend and his grandchild, Hannah, makes me so proud to know her. I know he will be very missed.

    April 16, 2021 , 07:30 PM


  • Rosamarie Soltero McHugh

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Leon was a great inspiration to me as I embarked on my City Planning Studies at Georgia Tech. I always remembered his teachings fondly and used his license plate tag "Plan it" as an inspiration, every time I had a problem to solve - just plan it! May his enthusiasm for great cities live on and may he Rest In Peace. With much love, Rosa

    April 16, 2021 , 07:21 PM


  • Leah LaRue

    Sincerest condolences to the family with appreciation for Mr. Eplan's contributions to the City of Atlanta, to the Department of City Planning, to Atlanta's neighborhoods and to the neighborhood planning unit (NPU) system.

    April 16, 2021 , 07:12 PM


  • Michael and Alana Steinberg

    Sending all of our love as we remember and celebrate Leon.

    April 16, 2021 , 06:58 PM


  • Karen Smith

    May Leon's memory be for blessings and for changes for good in the world

    April 16, 2021 , 06:54 PM


  • Gary & Sherry Marsh

    Our hearts go out to all of you over your father’s passing. He was such a force for good in both the Atlanta and Jewish communities. Our deepest condolences to you at this very difficult time.

    April 16, 2021 , 06:29 PM


  • Gary & Sherry Marsh

    Our hearts go out to all of you over your father’s passing. He was such a force for good in both the Atlanta and Jewish communities. Our deepest condolences to you at this very difficult time.

    April 16, 2021 , 06:29 PM


  • Stephen and Annette Friedman

    Dearest Friends, We have lost another icon in our community. We are so saddened by Leon's death. He was part of my life for as long as I can remember. Your entire family has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Leon made a major impact in his life. I know you were all proud of him, as he was of you. We are so sorry we cannot be with you physically today, but please know we are with you in spirit and thought. Hoping to be with you at happier times. Love, Stephen and Annette

    April 16, 2021 , 05:27 PM


  • Maggie Mermin

    I remember running into Leon the day the Inman Park Marta Station opened. He was so proud and happy, and we were so grateful to him for his work. He was also a lovely person and I know this a loss to the whole community as well as a deep personal loss to you. Love from Susan and me

    April 16, 2021 , 04:18 PM


  • Gail & Lyons Heyman

    Your father, Leon, was a dear cousin and friend our our father, Leon Goldstein. Your family are our cousins on grandmother Rubye Eplan Goldstein's side and we have always felt a special connection. Sorry for your loss. Your parents were extraordinary.

    April 16, 2021 , 03:56 PM


  • Claire Powell Ward

    Your dad's love of Atlanta was always infectious. It certainly rubbed off on my parents. He and dad dug up VW bus full of cobblestones from the older streets of Atlanta before they were resurfaced.... I smile whenever I see them in the garden. I hope our folks are together again, eating, singing and partying just like the old days. Sending love, Claire

    April 16, 2021 , 03:46 PM


  • Michael Rich

    Elise: My deepest condolences to you and your family. I appreciate so much how helpful Leon was in acquainting me to Atlanta and sharing his insights on various city revitalization initiatives. He was also very generous with his time, frequently meeting with my students and faculty colleagues. He was a terrific public servant and will be well-remembered for his contributions to Atlanta.

    April 16, 2021 , 02:55 PM


  • Davis Fox

    Leon cared about the people he knew and those he'd never meet. He was a good man.

    April 16, 2021 , 02:52 PM


  • Sandra Adair

    Elise, Jana and Harlan, My sincere condolences on the loss of your father who was a delightful and accomplished individual. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    April 16, 2021 , 02:48 PM


  • Rick and Stacey Rubin

    We are saddened for your family's loss. Leon was always so nice and entertaining to be around.

    April 16, 2021 , 02:37 PM


  • Jason Chernock

    As a fist-year city planning graduate student at Georgia Tech, Leon had no need to entertain my request to interview him for a student paper. But he did, inviting me into his home and spending hours answering any question I could think of. In doing so he gave me a master class in urban history, a greater understanding of Atlanta's place in the world, and a lesson in humility that will always resonate with me. He was an inspiration who will be truly missed.

    April 16, 2021 , 02:22 PM


  • Elise and Gary Meyer

    Elise, Jana and Harlan, our thoughts are with you as you deal with the loss of your dad. He was a wonderful man and one who touched the lives of so many. Your parents raised caring children and were so proud of each of you. May his memory be a blessing.

    April 16, 2021 , 12:35 PM


  • Suzanne Apple

    Thinking of the family and keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. It is such a loss for the city of Atlanta and for everyone who knew him. He was larger than life itself and will be missed. His was a life well-lived. Much love.

    April 16, 2021 , 12:29 PM


  • steve gilmer

    Jana and Elise and families sorry to hear of your loss, what a nice man ! It is difficult to lose both parents in such a short time ,all the best

    April 16, 2021 , 12:10 PM


  • steve gilmer

    Jana and Elise and families sorry to hear of your loss, what a nice man ! It is difficult to lose both parents in such a short time ,all the best

    April 16, 2021 , 12:10 PM


  • Steve Nygren

    Leon was a Giant in the planning world and we have so much to be thankful for due to his visionary leadership. He was such a wonderful supporter and mentor as we crafted the rebirth of Midtown, building on the MARTA grid that he recognized as vital for a walkable urban center. Thinking of you as you mourn the loss and celebrate the glory of Leon's life.

    April 16, 2021 , 10:58 AM


  • Chantelle Johnson

    My life will be forever impacted by the Eplan family. Elise, Jana, Harlan, your kindness for others was clear to see where it came from. Leon was a remarkable man. Truly kind to the very end. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be able to care for Dad. He is forever in my heart and memory, and I too will miss him a great deal. Please accept my deepest condolences to you all and know you are in my thoughts always.

    April 16, 2021 , 08:26 AM


  • Barbara Klein Davis

    Leon will be missed by all who knew him and those that love him. I certainly will never forget his graciousness and generosity in the time I spent in the house and with the family.

    April 16, 2021 , 05:01 AM


  • Barbara Klein Davis

    Leon will be missed by all who knew him and those that love him. I certainly will never forget his graciousness and generosity in the time I spent in the house and with the family.

    April 16, 2021 , 05:01 AM


  • Penny and Ray McPhee

    Our deepest condolences to you and all your family. We cherish so many happy Hanukkahs with Leon. His legacy is lasting in our city. May your wonderful memories bring peace at this difficult time. All our love.

    April 16, 2021 , 03:40 AM


  • Neal Buchman

    Elise, Jana, Harlan, Bob, Craig and Jen. I am so sad! Uncle Leon was bigger than life — I really thought he would live forever. I know that his reputation will live on in his beloved field and city. And I know his memory will also live long through his beloved Hannah, Max, Gil, Tamir, Tali and Maddie. We will miss him.

    April 16, 2021 , 03:09 AM


  • Jeff Rader

    Even more than for his considerable accomplishments as a practitioner, Leon Eplan will be remembered as an inspiration to those who cared about and wanted to improve Atlanta. Whenever you left his presence you were inspired by his urgency to take one more step towards a humane and inclusive city. The sparkle in his eye and his utter confidence that you could make the essential difference. He will live on in the hearts of all whom he touched.

    April 16, 2021 , 03:04 AM


  • Harold and Ruth Newman

    We always remembered the good times we spent with the Eplans. Our lives together were filled with laughter and music. Love to you all and our sincerest condolences. Ruth and Hal Newman

    April 16, 2021 , 01:10 AM


  • Gary Cornell, FAICP

    I first became aware of Leon's work in about 1971 when he was working as a consultant and published a collection of transit station area plans for the proposed MARTA system. I was a GA Tech Architecture student and ultimately did my thesis about MARTA's West End Station area so I learned a lot from what Leon and Rocky were doing. I admired Leon and wanted to be like him. After I graduated I went back to graduate school at Harvard University to become a City Planner. Leon appeared again as a guest lecturer at Harvard, telling students about the Neighborhood Planning Unit system that he was managing at the City of Atlanta. Much later when I was nominated to join the College of Fellows of AICP Leon served as a mentor for my application. I greatly benefitted from his exacting standards and credit his mentorship as the most important reason that I was inducted into the College of Fellows. In my estimation there is no single person that had more influence on the practice of City Planning in Atlanta (and the state of GA) than Leon Eplan. I will always remember him.

    April 16, 2021 , 12:54 AM


  • Elizabeth Sanford

    Leon Eplan's love of Atlanta vision for its potential inspired decades of city planning students at Georgia Tech. I was just one student, but I will always be grateful to a man, who embodied all that I love about my profession - enthusiasm, hope, optimism and a bold, opportunistic attitude about challenging the status quo and striving for better outcomes.

    April 16, 2021 , 12:43 AM


  • Nina Desrocher

    I was a student of his at Georgia Tech City Planning in the late 90s. I was stunned by his wisdom, passion, experience, and desire to share. He was dedicated to Atlanta and his profession. His thumbprint lives on.

    April 16, 2021 , 12:42 AM


  • Dan Reuter

    Leon was a great mentor and friend! He taught me in graduate school and I interviewed him several times. Full GPA interview on Vimeo link below. Attached summary from 2007 event in his honor. https://vimeo.com/101003088

    April 15, 2021 , 07:17 PM


  • Ginger and Jerry Caplan

    Our friendship and love for your family will forever be with us. We love you all. Ginger and Jerry

    April 16, 2021 , 12:15 AM


  • AJ Robinson and Nicole Ellerine

    We have lost a critical pillar of modern day Atlanta upon whose shoulders many of us have rested. Leon loved everything Atlanta and Atlanta loved Leon. May he rest knowing his work was purposeful, meaningful, and impactful. His memory will be a blessing to all of us for generations to come.

    April 16, 2021 , 12:10 AM


  • Toby Tenenbaum Fagin

    Sending deepest sympathy to the Eplan family. Both your parents were so loved, kind, and respected. Their legacies will continue on through all of you. May their memory always be for a blessing and may you be be comforted.

    April 15, 2021 , 11:57 PM


  • David Versel

    My deepest condolences to the Eplan family. I was a student of Leon’s at Georgia Tech just before the Olympics and consider myself fortunate to this day to have had the opportunity to study the history of planning and development in Atlanta from someone who had been deeply involved in so much of it. May his memory be a blessing.

    April 15, 2021 , 11:47 PM


  • James Duncan

    Leon was a giant among planners. I was honored to have known and worked with him.

    April 15, 2021 , 06:45 PM


  • Margo Tepper

    Harlan, Jana, and Elise, I was so saddened to hear about the loss of your father. I hope that your wonderful memories and love that you have for your parents and each other will get your through these most difficult months ahead.

    April 15, 2021 , 11:38 PM


  • Martha Jo Katz

    Sending deepest sympathy to the family of Leon. He was such a well respected person who accomplished so much in his life.

    April 15, 2021 , 11:27 PM


  • Liz Schrayer

    Sending our deepest condolences. May your beloved father's memory be for a blessing.

    April 15, 2021 , 11:25 PM


  • Fernando Costa

    Former Mayor Maynard Jackson was fond of saying that Atlanta was "Leon Eplan's city" because Leon had made such an indelible imprint upon it. Leon made an equally profound impression upon his many friends and colleagues, who learned much from him about how to lead a full life. All who knew him are truly blessed.

    April 15, 2021 , 11:25 PM


  • Lynda Walker

    May the wonderful memories you shared with your father be a blessing to you always.

    April 15, 2021 , 10:45 PM


  • Phillip and Rosalind Haber

    Both Madelyn and Leon brought such sunshine to all our lived

    April 15, 2021 , 10:15 PM


  • Phillip and Rosalind Haber

    Both Madelyn and Leon brought such sunshine to all our lived

    April 15, 2021 , 10:14 PM


  • Tom Sugrue

    My condolences. I first met Leon on a memorable trip to Atlanta in the mid-90s. I stayed with the Eplans in Ansley Park and Leon gave me a great tour of the city. His knowledge was encyclopedic and his enthusiasm was infectious. A great man. A big loss. My condolences to the whole family. May his memory be a blessing.

    April 15, 2021 , 10:14 PM


  • Lew and Phyllis Kravitz

    Sending our heartfelt condolences to all the family.

    April 15, 2021 , 09:55 PM


  • Gail Dryburgh

    To Jana and Family, My family and I send our deepest condolences on the loss of your father. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    April 15, 2021 , 09:50 PM


  • ELAINE AND JERRY BLUMENTHAL

    Dear descendants of this great man ... We send deep sympathy on your loss and gratitude that we knew him, and that he left you as his legacy. His name is for a blessing. Sent with admiration, love, and thankfulness. Elaine and Jerry

    April 15, 2021 , 09:45 PM


  • Jane Arogeti Durham

    When I think of Leon Eplan I will always remember that special twinkle in his eyes. What a remarkable gentleman, full of passion and greater vision. He left his imprint on so many and inspired us to make our world a better place. I was truly fortunate to have known Leon.

    April 15, 2021 , 09:22 PM


  • Atiba Mbiwan

    As one who majored in Economics and minored in Urban Studies as a college student in little Rhode Island, I was fortunate to arrive in big Georgia in 1992 and I met Leon’s daughters Elise & Jana the following year. When I eventually met their legendary dad Leon, he was “my kind of guy” and he reminded me of my dad - an African American son of the south. From MARTA to the Olympics to the Atlanta Beltline, Leon made his mark on the inner city landscape and he tried to create Dr. King’s vision of “the beloved community” in Atlanta. I am inspired by Leon and I will work with his family to carry on this legacy. One Love.

    April 15, 2021 , 08:50 PM


  • linda harris

    Jana and Craig....With your Father's passing so soon after your Mother's, there must be a message about their relationship. almost as though they planned to leave close together. All of you have been left beautiful legacies. Treasure them..... Fondly linda

    April 15, 2021 , 08:07 PM


  • Lori Shapiro

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    April 15, 2021 , 07:58 PM


  • Maury Shapiro

    Elise, Jana, Harlan, and family, I am sorry for the loss of your dad. Both of your parents were bigger than life to me as a teenager. I remember a Friday night BBYO dinner at their house so vividly. They were amazing hosts. May the best memories come to you easily and often. Maury

    April 15, 2021 , 07:42 PM


  • Rabbi Donald and Marilyn Tam

    Marilyn and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Leon Eplan, especially so, after a few months of the death of his dear wife. We have heard of Mr. Eplan's many accomplishments. We never met him, but his work affected the life of our family in a postive way through his efforts at supporting Jewish life in our commuity and building a better Atlanta (our home). And we know as well, of the fine children he and Madalyne created into wonderful human beings - bascially through our relationship with one of their daughters, Elise Eplan and her husband Bob. The most important thing parents can do is to help shape fine, honest, caring human beings - more important than any bridge spanning a river or beautiful building reaching skyward. May all the family of this good man, be blessed among all those who mourn in Zion and Jerusalem. Rabbi Donald and Marilyn Tam

    April 15, 2021 , 07:42 PM


  • Paul Miller

    My deepest condolences on Leon's passing

    April 15, 2021 , 07:26 PM


  • Paul Sedway

    A great loss. Leon and I spent many simulating hours together dealing with AIP and APA matters. We often enjoyed his and Madelyne’s hospitality in Atlanta. Our sincere condolences, Paul Sedway

    April 15, 2021 , 07:15 PM


  • Paul Sedway

    A great loss. Leon and I spent many simulating hours together dealing with AIP and APA matters. We often enjoyed his and Madelyne’s hospitality in Atlanta. Our sincere condolences, Paul Sedway

    April 15, 2021 , 07:15 PM


  • Jody Sloan

    I was a student of Leon's at GA Tech and always admired his vision of Atlanta. He did so much good for the City. He will be missed. May his memory remain for a blessing.

    April 15, 2021 , 07:03 PM


  • Mark & Karen Kaplan

    So sorry to hear of Leon's passing. He was part of a small group of leaders who built this town. Such conviction & dedication....& a string role model. He will be missed.

    April 15, 2021 , 07:00 PM


  • Lynn B. Friedman

    Dear Elise and Bob, Jana and Craig, Harlan and Jen, May he rest in peace. For all of you, it has been a difficult few months - your sweet mom (who was the flower girl in my in-laws wedding in 1938) in January, then in March, your Aunt Caroline, so much more than the word "aunt" could describe and now your Dad. He was truly a legendary person. It was a privilege for me when he recommended me to serve on the Urban Design Commission where I was able to interact with him and learn from him over those years. The beauty of Atlanta owes much to his vision and planning. May all of you find peace among the greater community of mourners, in Atlanta and every other place where people knew your dad and mom and aunt. Lynn

    April 15, 2021 , 06:34 PM


  • Amy and Robert Arogeti

    Atlanta has lost a quiet yet funny giant. May your dad always be remembered for his goodness??

    April 15, 2021 , 06:19 PM


  • Bruce Stiftel

    Elise, Harlan and Jana: Your dad made an impression when I first met him at a UNC planners' gathering in 1978, and he was a source of wonderful if occasional advice over many years. Then, when I was hired in a job Leon once held at Georgia Tech, I couldn't have asked for a more helpful mentor. It is hard to turn a corner in the Atlanta region without seeing a result of Leon Eplan's vision and hard work. This community would not be the same had he not devoted his career to its development. I hope you and your families find comfort in lovely memories. Baruch dayan ha'emet.

    April 15, 2021 , 06:08 PM


  • Betty Ann Shusterman and Susan Gordon Moray

    Dear Cousins Elise, Jana and Harlan, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Leon. There has been too much loss this year. Leon was a treasure to the city of Atlanta and left an indelible mark on the city he loved. He will always be remembered for all he did. Betty Ann remembers all the Sundays they spent together as children. Leon always held a special place in her heart. May his memory always be for a blessing.

    April 15, 2021 , 05:11 PM


  • Morris L Maslia

    I am so sad to learn about Leon's passing. He single-handedly saved and re-developed the Ansley Park area of Atlanta. He leaves our entire city a legacy that will be treasured for generations to come. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him and among the mourners of Zion.

    April 15, 2021 , 04:53 PM


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