Deceased Information


    Donald Martin Gilner

    Meyer Dovid ben Avraham v Chavah

  • AGE



    Tuesday, February 15, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Friday, February 18, 2022


    1:30 PM




    The family will receive visitors immediately following

    the internment Friday afternoon

    4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    at Kingsboro Apartments at Lenbrook

    3747 Peachtree Road NE

    Atlanta, GA 30319

    in the Kingsboro Room, off the lobby.

    Shiva will continue Sunday, February 20

    with visitors welcome from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    with services at 7:00 p.m.

    at Kingsboro Apartments at Lenbrook

    3747 Peachtree Road NE

    Atlanta, GA 30319

    in the Kingsboro Room, off the lobby.



    Col. Donald Martin Gilner, aged 84, passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2022 with his wife Celia by his side in Atlanta, GA. 

    He was born May 16, 1937 in Atlanta, GA to “Papa Abe” and Anne Dubin Gilner. From a young age, he realized he wanted to become a doctor. He would say, “My health book says…,” and his revelations would be known to the world! He met his wife, Celia Stone Gilner, in Denver, Colorado, where he received his allergy and asthma training at National Jewish Hospital. He was a young doctor, and she was a registered nurse. They were a perfect combination.

    He graduated Riverside Military Academy and went on to Tulane, where he joined the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. Donald enlisted in the Air Force and rose to the rank of Colonel. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the highest civilian award, for his lifetime of service. As a doctor, he had the highest standards and was recognized as one of the Top Doctors by Atlanta Magazine on multiple occasions. He had countless letters from patients thanking him for improving their lives and resolving many complicated medical issues. He continued his medical service after retirement, working at Fort McPherson and volunteered in Honduras with a medical group to treat many critically ill patients.   


    He was an active member of the Jewish War Veterans Ahavath Achim Synagogue.  Jewish teachings tell us to “repair the world,” or Tikkun Ha’olam, and that’s what Donald did. He impacted so many lives, while being known for honesty, integrity, kindness, compassion, forthrightness, and charity.  He was a loyal and steadfast friend, proud of his country, Jewish heritage, and the armed services he contributed to his entire professional life.  He will be greatly missed.  

    Col. Gilner is survived by his wife Celia Gilner, his children Brian and Michael Gilner, his sister Elaine Friedman, and his grandchildren Annabelle, Emma, David, Kemper, Briege, Avalon, and Mirabelle Gilner. 

    Graveside services will be held 1:30 pm Friday, February 18, 2022 at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, GA.  Arrangements are with Dressler Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999 


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  • The Dressler Family

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

  • Shelly and Allen Dollar

    Celia, I was so saddened to hear of Don's passing. . Condolences. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Brenda and Mark Lichtenstein

    Brenda and I were so sorry to hear about Don's passing . We remember him so fondly as our son Brad was Don's 2nd patient when he returned from Denver. He was truly a special person. May his memory be for a blessing. Brenda & Mark Lichtenstein

  • Michelle & Karl Braun

    Don was loved and respected by the whole community. We will miss him. Our hearts and prayers are with you, Celia.

  • Susan and David Rosner

    Dear Celia: Our sincere condolences to you and your family. May your memories of Don be filled with peace and a smile.

  • Caryn and Jonathan Berzack

    Dear Celia and family So sorry to hear of Don's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We enjoyed visiting you and Don with our kids for many years to see the horses and turtles. What a life well lived! Baruch Dayan HaEmet. Love, Caryn and Jonathan Berzack

  • Penson Kaminsky

    So sorry to hear of Don's passing, I really enjoyed my time as co counselor with Don at Blue Star.He will be missed by all'

  • Arlene Appelrouth

    When Dan and I moved to Atlanta we didn't know anyone. Dan contacted Don, to introduce himself as a new physician in the area. Don invited us, and our two children to your home. You were both kind, welcoming and generous. We both held Don in high regard. Whenever we were together, the time spent was worthwhile and memorable. He was a good man whose life made a difference. May he rest and peace. May you be comforted by the memories of a lifetime with an extraordinary man.

  • Menashe Goldberger

    Dear Celia, So sorry to hear of the passing of a great man, your husband Donald. He was filled with wisdom, spirit and generosity. His passing leaves a gap that no one will be able to fill. It was a pleasure knowing him, and an honor to have been part of an organization that he proudly supported. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Sincerely, Menashe Goldberger

  • Richard Alterman

    Donald was all about service. I’ll never forget when my second son Byron went to Riverside military Academy Donald opened his home to the Jewish cadets who wanted to have a real Passover Seder away from the campus. Yea That act was so emblematic of his thoughtfulness which continued his entire life.

  • Margery Diamond

    Dear Celia and Elaine, My deepest sympathy to you and your families. May you find comfort in warm memories.

  • Lynne Wright

    Celia, , Elaine,, Brian and Michael , I am so sorry for your loss and the loss to Atlanta and the nation. Don was such a special person , a kind and generous person to so many.

  • Eric Mark Pechter

    My Condolences to the Gilner Family. Dr. Gilner basically saved my life from an allergic reaction when I was 3 years old. He was a great person and a client.

  • Ned and Janis Franco

    Dear Celia Janis and I are now living in Sarasota and just heard about your beloved husband. We are so saddened. Donald was a dear friend in so many ways and our lives were intertwined throughout the years. We were playmates at ages 5-7on Blvd, AEPi fraternity brothers, medical school together, Air Force medical officers, and private practice colleagues. I remember how he most competently and generously treated my young asthmatic son. I will miss Don immensely. We pray that many fond memories will sustain you and your family during this time of grief. Our sincere Condolences, Ned and Janis Franco

  • Lynn & Bill Hare

    Celia, Elaine, and Gilner family, our sincere condolences on our cousin’ s passing. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew Donald. Lynn & Bill Hare

  • Ed Feldstein

    Celia: Today at Arlington, it was a beautiful and meaningful tribute to Don. I was privileged to know him through the NAMC Book Club, annual tomato plantings, immunization guidance and through your gardens and pickleball. I will miss him. I am glad I went to the cemetery in person, as it is the place where Judy (my wife) was recently buried. Tonight I had dinner at my daughter's home in Buckhead. On my way home I drove through your old Homestead neighborhoodon Windsor Parkway, and I said another farewell to Don. ~ Ed Feldstein

  • Rosalyn and Saul Adler

    Don will always be in or hearts and our minds. He found a way to help out his friends and even folks he did not know. Don's memory will be a blessing, and his delightful company will be sorely missed.

  • Karen Salver

    Don’s parents sponsored my in laws family to enter the United States after WW2. They sent money to them in the DP camp. They were also close to my mother’ extended family. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Rob Kutner

    What kid looks forward to getting a needle in their arm every Wednesday? I did, because Dr. Gilner was such a comforting, smiling, menschy presence who only ever made me feel like "Kid, I'm going to make you feel all right." And the treasure chest of "prizes" didn't hurt either. :) May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Dan and Candice Gulden

    Dear Celia and family, as neighbors, our young daughters delighted in your gracious invitations to visit and give treats to your and Don’s horses in the pasture. I remember seeing him at the Y’s fitness room and his offering to check whether I still showed the affects of childhood asthma after having been a runner for many years. A warm, caring man. May the good memories provide you, Elaine and the family comfort in your loss.

  • Tibby DeJulio

    I’ve know Don & Celia for many years, He was and they are pillars of our community. I was able to spend some time with them recently and they were both so energetic and youthful. Don’s friendship will be missed and we will continue to pray for the best for the family.

  • Richard Arlook

    Donald’s Memory will live on in all our hearts. He will always be remembered by the Arlook Family as being so kind and generous and opening his home to my parents when they moved to Atlanta over 40 years ago. Our heartfelt condolences to Celia, Brian and Michael Love, Richard Arlook

  • Edward and Beth Sugarman

    Dear Celia and Elaine, Please know we are thinking of you both at this very sad time. May you be comforted by the many wonderful memories of a life very well lived. Love, Beth and Edward

  • James Duffy Hickey

    I did not know Dr. Gilner very well but knew him as a wonderful supported of the High Point Civic Association and am grateful for that support. He helped make our neighborhood a great place to live and we will miss seeing him at our annual events and socials. In our church, the priest says, "Go in peace to love and serve the world." Dr. Gilner did just that. Thank you. Shalom

  • Paul Posner Social Circle, Ga

    Celia/Elaine and family What a shock to hear about Don's passing I have so many fond memories. About my roommate at Riverside Military Academy, he was instrumental in helping me stay straight at school. Deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the family

  • Cindy L Weik-Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta

    I had the privilege for the last 15 plus years to work with Don regarding his philanthropy. He became my friend over the years. My sincere condolences to the Gilner Family.



  • Charlie Kontz

    Mrs. Gilner, He was a Patriot & a Great Man

  • Sandra Mislow

    Celia and Elaine and family, I am sending my sympathy and love to all of you. Donald was Brad’s allergist for many years and he was the best! May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Larry Gordon

    Don was an amazing guy and outstanding physician. I will never forget the time he came to a Social Security Disability Hearing on behalf of his patient. In nearly 40 years of work in this field of law, I can count on ONE HAND the number of Times’s a physician volunteered to come to hearing and provide sworn testimony on his patient. From that moment on I became one of Don’s biggest fan! My condolences to the family on this loss.

  • Pearlann Horowitz

    Elaine, Although it's been many, many moons since you mentored me in the newspapers I was editing during those bbyo years and how well I remember those years. Please accept my deepest sympathy at this time. Pearlann Horowitz

  • Pearlann & Michelle Horowitz

    Celia, We went through a lot of years together with Michelle's allergies and the care done and you always exemplified in such a pleasant and personal way. And Don could commiserate with Michelle and her skin problems. Thinking about you and sending prayerful and sincere thoughts to all of you at this time. Pearlann & Michelle Horowitz

  • Holly H. Strelzik

    Celia, sending sincere condolences and love to you and your family.

  • Robert Blum

    Very sorry to hear of Don's passing. It was a pleasure spending time as a fellow N.A.M.C. member. Please accept my condolence Celia and family.

  • Esther and Mike Levine

    Celia: our deepest sympathy to you and family. Don was a superb allergist and colleague. He will be remembered for his insight and compassion when treating his patients. We all will miss him greatly. Esther and Mike

  • Helen Eberstein Nelson

    Dear Elaine and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Donald's passing. May his memory be a blessing. Helen Eberstein Nelson

  • Marv Mazer

    So sorry to learn of Don’s passing. It was a great pleasure to get to know him as a fellow member of the North Atlanta Men’s Club and share stories with him as a fellow USAF veteran. He was a warm and kind man and will be deeply missed. May his memory forever be a blessing.

  • Barbara Nathan

    Dear Celia, I so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Veteran’s day at AA will never be the same. He was such a kind and caring man. He will be missed. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Sandra Adair

    Dear Celia, So sorry to hear about Donald. He was an excellent physician having cured my son of all of his allergies. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Sandra Adair I

  • Miriam Strickman Levitas

    Dear Celia, So saddened to learn of Donald’s passing. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to You, Elaine and you Family at this sad time.

  • Joel and Nancy Isenberg

    We enjoyed knowing you through the JWV. He was a great member. We are sorry for his loss. Please accept our sincere sympathy.

  • Joel and Nancy Isenberg

    We enjoyed knowing you through the JWV. He was a great member. We are sorry for his loss. Please accept our sincere sympathy.

  • Toby Holzer

    Dear Celia and family, I have many fond memories of Don, whether at the Arlooks or Arnold’s sessions with him and Rabbi New. We reach as far back as Camp Blue Star! May his memory be a blessing for you and bring comfort. Toby Holzer

  • alfred bernstein

    Don was my older brother Ronald Bernstein's friend. I remember him as a 6 or 7 year old would. Very fine person. That was a magical time for good people.

  • Jennie and Macy Moret

    Dear Celia: We send our deepest condolences to you and your family. Don was always friendly from the time we knew him at Camp Blue Star throughout the years seeing him at shul and other occasions. May happy memories of him help you through this difficult time.

  • Judith (Judy) Finkel

    Dear Celia and Family, So sorry to learn of Don's passing. Paul (z"l) and I enjoyed seeing you both for so many years at Shabbat services at Ahavath Achim Synagogue. I wish you sweet memories to cherish always.

  • Mimi Siegel

    Dear Celia and Elaine Sorry to hear of your great loss. I was fortunate to have met him at blue star camp. He was always kind and thoughtful towards me . My prayers are with you. Many hugs Mimisiegel

  • Ramon and Jody Franco

    Our sincerest condolences to the entire family.

  • Philip Wendkos

    I am so sorry to know of the passing of Dr. Don. He was very well liked in the Jewish and medical communities. May his memory be cherished always by his family and friends.bishalom, Phil

  • Elisa Barouh

    Celia/Elaine and family, wishing you peace, comfort and courage and most of all love at this time of sorrow. I have wonderful memories of my cousin, Donald and will always keep it close to my heart.

  • LTC (WA) George H. Heart, Ret.

    Dearest Celia, I am very saddened to hear of the Colonel's passing. We have lost a great American Patriot. I am very humbled and grateful that I can serve as Don's shomer at Dressler's. May the Colonel's memory always be for a blessing. Here is a poem that I always liked: Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep. By Elisabeth Frye Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. I am in a thousand winds that blow, I am the softly falling snow. I am the gentle showers of rain, I am the fields of ripening grain. I am in the morning hush, I am in the graceful rush of beautiful birds in circling flight, I am the starshine of the night. I am in the flowers that bloom, I am in a quiet room. I am in the birds that sing, I am in each lovely thing. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there. I do not die...

  • Judy fineman

    Celia, Please accept our deepest condolences on Don’s passing. He made such an impact on our lives. We will never forget his kindness and what he meant to our family. Sending virtual hugs to you. Judy (and Stan) Fineman

  • Carl Golden

    Elaine, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jill A Coolik

    Uncle Donald I am deeply saddened at your passing. You were one of my most favorite people in the world. You were so sweet, kind and generous. I feel blessed to have known you and a relative at that. You made a wonderful impact on the community and will be greatly missed by so many. My deepest condolences to Aunt Celia, your family and friends. I love you. May Your Memory Always Be A Blessing.

  • Barbara & Dick Planer

    Dear Celia. Our sincere sympathy goes out to you and your family. We enjoyed the times we spent with you and Donald and remember that he was always interesting and had interesting stories to tell. Memorial Day Shabbats won't be the same without Donald giving his inspirational talks. You are in our thoughts, Barbara & Dick

  • Dan Kingloff

    I met Donald at Camp Blue Star as my counselor when I was 7 or 8, (many years ago) and as physicians we occasionally crossed paths with patients. A lovely person who will be missed.

  • Helen Scherrer-Diamond and David Diamond

    Celia, We were truly saddened to hear about Colonel Don's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. You and your beloved husband certainly lived the life in Tikkun Olam, giving back to community in so many ways. We hope that the happy memories you share with family and friends will help to bring comfort and ease the pain. We are very blessed to have known Don (z"l) and proud to have known him as a Jewish War Veteran and member of our Ahavath Achim Synagogue. He will be greatly missed.

  • Sandy and Dave Abrams

    Sending our condolences Celia and family. Donald was such a nice man. May his memory be a blessing .

  • Kenny Kaufman

    Dear Elaine, so sorry for your loss of a very sweet brother. May his soul Rest In Peace. Warmly Kenny.

  • Elaine and Jerry

    We send deep sympathy to Celia and the family. He was a very special man and friend. With sincere condolences Elaine and Jerry

  • Stan Fineman

    My sincere condolences to Cecilia and all the family. Don was a friend and mentor to me. He was instrumental in helping me start my allergy practice in 1978. I hope all your warm memories comfort you in this difficult time.

  • Richard Ellin

    I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Not only did he take such great care of me when I first saw him as a 17-year-old in 1973, but he inspired me through med school and residency and taught me something every time he treated me. He will forever live in my memory. My sincerest condolences to the entire family.

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