November 19, 1942 - July 15, 2015
We mourn the loss of Gail F. Koppman, 72, who passed away from brain cancer on July 15, 2015 at her home in Dallas. Gail was born on November 19, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. Upon graduation, she married her classmate, Edward S. Koppman (her “Eddie”), who would become her husband of over 50 years. She was the beloved mother of David, John and Katherine and the loving grandmother of Benjamin, Charles, Joseph and Abigail. Gail was a voracious reader, an avid runner and a passionate educator. She began teaching in the Terrell and Richardson school districts and later taught economics at Richland Junior College. After raising her children, she taught social studies for more than 20 years at Good Shepherd Episcopal School where having Mrs. Koppman in the 8th grade was considered a rite of passage. She provided her students with the study skills and work ethic that would benefit them throughout their lives, and her dedication was recognized over the years in the countless letters, notes and emails that she received and treasured from former students and their parents. She indeed will be missed by family, friends, colleagues and students. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm in the Olan Sanctuary at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas, Texas. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
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