Deceased Information


    Doris Koplin

  • AGE



    Sunday, December 19, 2021 (Before Sunset)


    Tuesday, December 21, 2021


    02:30 PM




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    Doris Albert Koplin passed away on December 19, 2021 at 90 years old.  She is survived by her children Janis Koplin Zagoria, Kal and Charlene Koplin, 4 beloved grandchildren Amy Koplin Miller (Tom), Alex Koplin (Tina), Daniel Zagoria and Haley Zagoria, great grandchildren Charlee and Chaz Koplin and many beloved nephews and nieces.  She was predeceased by her husband of nearly 70 years, Beryl, parents Anna and Louis Albert, brother Joe Albert and sister Adele Kushner. Doris was adored by all she met for her kindness, graciousness and loving nature.  She never uttered an unkind word about anyone and developed meaningful, long time friendships with people from all parts of her life. Her nephew said that her cup was not just half full….it was always completely full.

    Doris was best known for her love for and mastery in the culinary world.  She published 3 cookbooks, worked as an executive chef, catered events, taught cooking classes and more. Her challahs were legendary, widely known and requested for enhancing other’s special events, along with many other of her gourmet culinary creations. She was a true professional who enjoyed nothing more than sharing her vast and deep knowledge by teaching others.  Doris studied at Le Cordon Bleu in London as well as with many luminaries including Julia Child, Giuliano Bugialli and Jacques Pepin.  

    One of Doris’s most valued accomplishments was as a founding member and president of the Atlanta chapter of Les Dames de Escoffee International whose mission is to inspire, advance and support women in food, beverage and hospitality to achieve excellence in leadership and philanthropy.  

    Doris was deeply devoted to her synagogue and community and always was first to step up if work needed to be done.  She was president of the Sisterhood and served on the synagogue board.  

    As a creative, she loved organizing events, designing recipes, menus and teaching classes where she could implement and share her many ideas.

    Family dinner was truly Doris’s passion.  All of her grandchildren have beautiful memories of Friday night dinners at Grandma’s, special birthday celebrations and more.  Her home was full of inviting smells and every morsel of her food was delicious as it was prepared with her love.

    Graveside service will be held Tuesday, December 21 at 2:30 graveside at Arlington Cemetery with Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal officiating.  Donations in Doris’s memory may be made to Lauren’s Run/CURE Childhood Cancer (, CRPS ( or the Ahavath Achim Synagogue (

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  • The Dressler Family

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

  • Millie Coleman

    Doris was the heart of Les Dames. No one can replace her winning smile and passion for our culinary world. My golfing husband ,Tom, also remembers her love for her golfing granddaughter as they thought of ways to help her in this sport. I will truly miss Doris. I can only imagine what a hole she leaves in your family’s heart. Atlanta Culinary Dame, Millie Coleman

    January 03, 2022 , 07:29 PM

  • Jaime Sherman Wender

    My friend Lori introduced me to her Aunt Doris at her bridal shower 20 years ago, and Doris hired me on the spot to typeset and design "The Quick Cook" for her. She had said that her children and especially grandchildren had begged her to put all of their favorite recipes together into a cookbook, but I had no idea at the time what an honor and a treat it would be to work with her over the course of many months. In addition to all of those amazing recipes, she leaves behind a strong legacy and I know her memory will be a blessing to all who knew and loved her.

    December 30, 2021 , 05:19 AM

  • Dale Gordon DeSena

    I am so sad to hear about Doris' passing. She was truly an amazing woman who was always smiling and wonderful to be around. I am so grateful to have known her through Les Dames. My thoughts are with you and your entire family. May her memory be a blessing.

    December 27, 2021 , 05:14 PM

  • Shirley and Gary Bernes

    Dear Janis, To you and your entire family, we extend our deepest sympathy on your mom’s passing. She was beloved by so many and leaves a wonderful legacy for her children and grandchildren. We hope that all of your wonderful memories will be a source of comfort during this difficult time. Love, Shirley and Gary Bernes

    December 26, 2021 , 12:08 AM

  • Paige Nathan

    Koplin Family- so sorry for your loss. I knew Doris through the Cook’s Warehouse and Les Dames. I was able to assist at her classes and always enjoyed her knowledge and kindness. May her memory be for a blessing. Paige

    December 25, 2021 , 04:26 AM

  • Judith (Judy) Finkel

    Most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the entire family at this very sad time. Doris was, and will always be remembered as, a kind, caring, talented and welcoming true lady. Her culinary skills will long be remembered by those of us who are so lucky to still recall the wonderful tastes and aromas she gifted us with. Wishing you all "delicious" memories to warm your hearts and bring you comfort.

    December 24, 2021 , 02:42 AM

  • Menashe Goldberger

    Dear Koplins: I am so sorry about your loss. I had the honor and pleasure of knowing your parents and teaching them in a monthly study group for MANY years. One of my highlights every time was hearing your Mom's comments at the end of the presentation; something like "Wow, Rabbi, that was so enlightening. We learn so much from your teaching. Thank you SO much!" That kind of grace and nobility is hard to come by. She will be missed. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem! Sincerely, Rabbi Menashe Goldberger

    December 23, 2021 , 10:42 PM

  • Jerry Glazer

    I'm so sorry to hear the news. Our family goes back many years way before my time and my mom was a friend of Mrs. Koplin. She lived an amazing life and sending condolences to all of the family..

    December 23, 2021 , 10:07 PM

  • Jerry Glazer

    I'm so sorry to hear the news. Our family goes back many years way before my time and my mom was a friend of Mrs. Koplin. She lived an amazing life and sending condolences to all of the family..

    December 23, 2021 , 10:07 PM

  • Lauren Rudick

    So sorry to hear of Doris' passing. She taught me a lot and was a terrific neighbor and I miss her.

    December 23, 2021 , 12:52 AM

  • Miriam Strickman Levitas

    Doris was kind, gracious and compassionate in her demeanor and excelled in all of her culinary endeavors. She will always be lovingly remembered and continue to inject some "food for thought."

    December 21, 2021 , 08:56 PM

  • Miriam Strickman Levitas

    Doris was kind, gracious and compassionate in her demeanor and excelled in all of her culinary endeavors. She will always be lovingly remembered and continue to inject some "food for thought."

    December 21, 2021 , 08:56 PM

  • Nancy Lutz

    Her love and kindness was a blessing to all who knew her.

    December 21, 2021 , 07:27 PM

  • Beth Weiller Arogeti

    So sorry to hear this news. Cherish all the good memories you all had with your wonderful Mom. She will be missed.

    December 21, 2021 , 07:07 PM

  • Sue Anne Morgan

    It was Spring of 2008, and it was my second meeting with Atlanta Les Dames d’Escoffier International as their new Event Producer for the famous Afternoon in the Country fundraiser. I was nervous to meet so many women at the pinnacle of their respective and esteemed culinary careers. I have a hard time fitting in with other strong women, sometimes, and, these were “The Dames.” The first meeting was at Gloria Smiley’s house, and this second meeting was at Doris Koplin’s house. I am always early, so I was there before everyone else and knocked on the door. Doris flung her door and her arms open and welcomed me into her home as if I were family. And, the smell of fresh-baked something delicious was as warm and inviting as her smile. I was immediately at ease in those gracious minutes with her. She was genuine and what I can only call a giant ball of love wrapped up in a precious little woman. Working with “The Dames” for 11 years, I had the opportunity to hug her and chat with her and feel her authentic care for me. She was always one of my favorite people to encounter. I hope she felt the same from me. The world would be a better place if more people were as genuinely loving as Doris, and her love and light will be missed greatly by anyone who was fortunate enough to know her. I am glad she is at peace, and I hope that those who miss her can feel that peace, too.

    December 21, 2021 , 06:35 PM

  • Amanda Dew Manning

    I am sorry to learn of Doris’ passing. I knew her through LDEI and she was always kind and thoughtful and made you feel that she was happy to see you. She was an inspiration to many and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to be with her on many wonderful occasions.

    December 21, 2021 , 03:50 PM

  • Jack Arogeti

    Dear Janis and Kal What a remarkable lady and talent and community worker your dear Mom will always be remembered for. They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree so in all the good things and accomplishments and kindnesses we have long seen in each of you, it's clear your dear Mom and dear Dad led by example for you to follow. Sending condolences to each of you and to your families. God bless your dear Mom and all the many people who loved her and were themselves loved by her too. Jack

    December 21, 2021 , 01:27 AM

  • Cheryl and Ed Finkel

    We have the sweetest memories of Doris; she was a creative and joyous soul. Once I asked her how to figure out what to make for dinner -- she described walking into a market, looking around at the produce, and imagining the beautiful colors, smells, and tastes as the family sat down to eat. Suddenly I understood what an artist she was! May the whole family find comfort in the memories of Doris you will treasure forever.

    December 20, 2021 , 10:12 PM

  • Gina Christman

    Doris was one of my favorite Dames, and possibly the best cook in the world. I enjoyed her hospitality as she hosted committee meetings in her home, and I always admired her sweet, kind nature to all she met. What a powerhouse...she will be missed so much. I will attend the funeral via zoom.

    December 20, 2021 , 09:15 PM

  • Susan and Nick Nicholsoon

    Nick and I are so sad to hear this news. Doris was a favorite Dame and so kind to both of us...from the first time I met her in the middle nineties to the last time I saw her. Please accept our deepest condolences. Susan and Nick

    December 20, 2021 , 08:22 PM

  • Rebecca Gaillard

    Haley, Janis and family, I’m so sorry to hear this news. I always looked forward to celebrating Shabbat at your grandmother’s house. She was a powerful matriarch- kind, welcoming and wise. She always made me feel special. May her memory be a blessing.

    December 20, 2021 , 07:53 PM

  • Cheryl & Jeff Cohen

    Dear Janis and family, we are so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

    December 20, 2021 , 07:10 PM

  • Adele Wineburgh

    Dear Family, Doris made the world indeed a better place. Her life was our blessing. Adele Wineburgh

    December 20, 2021 , 05:11 PM

  • Beverly Seckinger

    My heart is broken hearing this news but all the while smiling with such wonderful memories of times spent with your beautiful mother. I will be tuned in tomorrow for the service. Love and prayers for you and the family. ??? Beverly Seckinger

    December 20, 2021 , 04:47 PM

  • Suzanne Brown

    I'm so very sorry to learn of Doris's death. She was one of my favorite members of LDEI. She was an inspirational leader, always smiling and generous with her time and kitchen. My condolences to her family.

    December 20, 2021 , 04:20 PM

  • Samra Robbins

    My heart is so heavy with the loss of another great woman. Doris was part of The Village that raised me and inspired my life. My sympathy to all of you. Sending love.

    December 20, 2021 , 03:57 PM

  • Jennie and Macy Moret

    We send our condolences to the entire family. Doris always was friendly and smiling whenever we met. She was active in AA Sisterhood when I was and most of the meetings that required food were put together with her guidance and expertise. She was responsible with a few other members for the excellent cookbooks that AA Sisterhood organized and published. Her very own published cookbook was a proud accomplishment. Her children and grandchildren and friends will remember her as a true “Woman of Honor”.

    December 20, 2021 , 03:49 PM

  • Jay & Barbara Halpern

    Janis, Kal and Family, We are so sorry to hear the news of your mother's passing. Our condolences to all.

    December 20, 2021 , 03:01 PM

  • Randy D Adler

    I will always treasure our special bond. May your memory be a blessing.

    December 20, 2021 , 02:04 PM

  • Leah Franco

    Koplin Family - To speak to your Mom was like seeing a bright ray of sunshine. What a kind, lovely lady -who was thought so highly by so many. May her memory give you comfort. Leah Franco

    December 20, 2021 , 11:13 AM

  • Marsha and Chuck Vrono

    Dear Janis and Koplin family, we were so sad to hear of your moms passing, this is a tremendous loss to you and our entire community, we loved your sweet mom , she touched soo many people...Sending you many hugs and know that so many surround you with love..

    December 20, 2021 , 04:38 AM

  • Patty & Gene Benator

    We are wrapping our arms around you all with love and comfort. Please keep your special memories close to your heart always.

    December 20, 2021 , 03:11 AM

  • Doris Goldstein Haven’t known

    Haven’t known too many others who shared my first name but meeting another’Doris’ when moving to Atlanta was special. Always thoughtful and kind even when she didn’t agree with you. Her specialty challah was legendary but her gentle smile and manner embraced everyone. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

    December 20, 2021 , 02:25 AM

  • Joanne Mendel

    Doris,Beryl, Jerry and I spent many fun filled days together as young marrieds and remained life long friends. I will miss Doris's warmth to me and all who knew her. My love to all the family.

    December 20, 2021 , 01:29 AM

  • Lauri & Steve Lavine

    Dear Janis and the entire family, Doris was one of the greats! A pillar in our community. So much history with our families and all incredibly happy. The Gourmet club will go down in infamy. I always do and will continue to smile when I see her face atop the article that has my tzimmis that I make each and every year. She was a lovely lady filled with talent and grace. I never knew her without smile. I know how much she will be missed by all. May you find a blanket of healing in the love of friends and family that surrounds you. My mother was so saddened by the loss of her sweet friend and sends love to the family.

    December 20, 2021 , 01:11 AM

  • Sylvia Friedman

    Dear Janis, sending you and your family sincerest sympathy on the loss of your remarkable Mother.

    December 19, 2021 , 10:39 PM

  • Frances Newman

    Kal and family. I am so sorry for the lost of your Mother. May her lovely memories carry on. Frances

    December 19, 2021 , 10:38 PM

  • Gail Solomon

    Doris was a very special lady. I was lucky to have purchased Guidelines -Atlanta after she and Betty Ann Started it. I also learned about Challah braiding and decorating from Doris. I have many wonderful memories of her. I was saddened to hear of her passing. My deepest sympathy to the family.

    December 19, 2021 , 10:33 PM

  • Susan Moray

    Koplin family, I am so saddened to learn of the loss of my "Lady Friend." Doris was such a wonderful and special friend. She was always at my home growing up and was my warm welcome daily when Betty Ann and Doris were in business together. All the challah I have made in my life was all due to Doris' mentoring. I will treasure our memories and will miss her. May her memory always be a blessing to Janis, Kal, Charlene and all the grandchildren.

    December 19, 2021 , 10:23 PM

  • Francine Lowe

    Ever since I started visiting Atlanta with Janis in the 1970's, Doris and Beryl played a big part in my decision to move here. They exemplified true Southern Hospitality. I have always been so fond of them both all these years. Doris was truly a woman of graciousness and kindness. Soft spoken and always had a smile on her face. Doris will surely be missed by all her friends and family. My sincere condolences.

    December 19, 2021 , 09:56 PM

  • Judy Marzullo

    So sorry for you loss Kal and Charlene . It has been a long time. May your memories see you through this difficult time. Judy Marzullo

    December 19, 2021 , 08:50 PM

  • Helen Lefkoff

    Dear Janis and Family. Heaven has been blessed with a new most beautiful soul. No matter how your Mom felt, I never saw her without a big smile and welcoming hug. Robert and I send love to all of you and prayers for strength at this sad time.

    December 19, 2021 , 07:51 PM

  • Sherry Weinman and Michael Umansky

    Dear Janis and family, With heavy hearts we read of your loss today. Doris was a very bright light in the Atlanta Jewish community -- and indeed the world. There must be a huge number of people who, like me, count her as an influence and model in their life. WE are saddened, yet appreciative of the gift of her life. With Michael's and my condolence, Sherry

    December 19, 2021 , 07:39 PM

  • Amy Arogeti

    Your mom was a wonderful lady so very gracious and talented. May her memory always bring love to your heart and a smile to your face.

    December 19, 2021 , 07:33 PM

  • Sally and Bruce Alterman

    Doris was quite the lady and a business person ahead of her time. Her baking was remarkable…just like her! We send our condolences to the entire Koplin family. Sally and Bruce

    December 19, 2021 , 07:25 PM

  • Larry and Stella Gordon and Betty Ann Shusterman

    Doris and my mother Betty Ann were the closest of friends. They created Guidelines Atlanta, a convention and tour guide business, about 50 years ago. Our families spent many pleasant times together, particularly if it involved any food preparation by Doris, who was an outstanding cook and chef! Our condolences to the entire Koplon family. I will fondly remember my many interactions with Doris.

    December 19, 2021 , 07:21 PM

  • Sharon Fryer Oxman

    Thinking of all the Koplins at this difficult time. Doris was such a fine lady and know she will be terribly missed. XO

    December 19, 2021 , 07:18 PM

  • Steve Gilmer

    Janis and Kal and families so sorry to hear about your loss, many fond memories of lenox circle

    December 19, 2021 , 07:09 PM

  • Beth Wender Braun

    So sorry for your loss.May your memories of your Mom keep her alive in your hearts forever, Love, Beth and Jeff

    December 19, 2021 , 06:50 PM

  • Marcia and Emil Baumrind

    Our deepest sympathy to your entire family. We have certainly lost a legend. May she rest in peace. Marcia & Emil

    December 19, 2021 , 06:37 PM

  • Lynn Goldstein

    So very sorry for your loss Charlene and Kal. May the beautiful memories of your Mom offer comfort during this difficult time. Much love, Lynn and Marc Goldstein

    December 19, 2021 , 06:34 PM

  • Neil Gordon

    Our families grew up together because our moms were best friends. We always looked forward to whatever wonderful dishes and treats “Aunt” Doris would create. Susan and I are so very saddened by your loss, which is shared by so many of us. Our sincerest condolences.

    December 19, 2021 , 06:18 PM

  • Madeleine E Gimbel

    What a special “lady” we have all lost. May her memory be a blessing!!

    December 19, 2021 , 05:50 PM

  • Cecile Waronker

    To Doris' s family-what a remarkable lady she was-smart,talented, caring and beautiful inside and out. Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss.

    December 19, 2021 , 05:38 PM

  • Gloria Smiley

    Janis, Kal and Charlene- sincere condolences- I am so sorry to hear this news. Doris will always have a special place in my heart.

    December 19, 2021 , 05:38 PM

  • Sam and Gary Alexander

    Janis, We are saddened to hear of mom’s passing. She was always so nice to us. May her memory be a blessing to you. Much love Sam and Gary

    December 19, 2021 , 05:36 PM

  • Kraus Helen

    Janis and family, I am so sad to hear about your mom but I have to say that my memories of Mrs. Koplin and her "Unbelievable meringue cookies" will stay with me my whole life and I have already taught my 3 year old granddaughter how to make and enjoy those fabulous morsels of meringue with tiny chocolate chips inside them! She was such a wonderful person and so patient and kind to us little girls growing up and as teenagers. May her memory be for a blessing and I will hold my memories of her close to my heart. Hugs to all.

    December 19, 2021 , 05:35 PM

  • Joan M. Stuart

    Janis - I was saddened to learn about your mom's passing. I have so many fond memories of her. She was a wonderful woman with a variety of talents. May her memory be for a blessing. Sending you prayers for strength, comfort and peace of mind.

    December 19, 2021 , 05:06 PM

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