Sophie Dopkin, 90, was philanthropist

March 14, 1993|By Staff Report

Sophie Dopkin, a Baltimore philanthropist whose contributions to Baltimore County General Hospital (BCGH) included an emergency room waiting area, died Feb. 25 at Sinai Hospital of congestive heart failure.

Mrs. Dopkin, 90, was a board member of the Associated Jewish Charities and Welfare Fund and the third president of the auxiliary at the Levindale Home for the Aged. Last year, she was honored by Levindale as its woman of the year.

Active in the founding of BCGH, Mrs. Dopkin joined a petition drive for the construction of an area hospital many years before it opened. The emergency room waiting area was named for her husband, Lee L. Dopkin, who died in 1968.

For more than 50 years, Mrs. Dopkin was a member of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, where she started a blood bank program. She also was a member of the Har Sinai Congregation.

She was a member of the American Red Cross, Suburban Club of Baltimore County, the Horticultural Society, where she won many awards for flower arrangements, the Women's Committee of Center Stage, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Gallery, the Baltimore Opera and the Maryland Conference of Social Concern.

Her husband, also a philanthropist, founded Lee L. Dopkin Inc., a wholesale plumbing business. He worked to pass old-age pension laws in Maryland, then campaigned for the enactment of the Social Security law.

Born in Baltimore, the former Sophie Frenkil was a graduate of Western High School and attended the Johns Hopkins University.

Services were held Feb. 26 at Sol Levinson & Bros Home, Baltimore.

L Mrs. Dopkin is survived by a daughter, Margery Singer Dannen

berg of Baltimore; two sisters, Celia Glasser of Virginia Beach and Sandy Eisenberg of Baltimore; two brothers, Victor Frenkil and Dr. James Frenkil of Baltimore; a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

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