Lilith ’55 and Lee Kopman ’55
Lilith ’55 and Lee Kopman ’55 met in their junior year at Adelphi in 1954. “I first saw him in his squash uniform and said to my girlfriend, ‘boy, is that fella cute!’” Mrs. Kopman said. Their first date was at a square dance in Adelphi’s Woodruff Hall. That first date not only sparked a love for one another that has lasted for over 60 years, but it also sparked a passion for square dancing. The Kopmans were married on June 19, 1955 just three days after they graduated from Adelphi. Mr. Kopman began his career as an elementary school gym teacher, and was approached to call for a square dance assembly at his school. He happily accepted the gig, and from there, word spread about his talents. In 1957, Mr. Kopman professionally pursued his love for calling at square dances. Today, Lee Kopman’s name is synonymous with square dance choreography. He has invented more calls in popular usage than any other caller in the history of square dancing. He is considered by many to be the foremost advocate and spokesman for the Western Square Dance Community of Callers and Dancers. Mrs. Kopman, who worked at McArthur High School for 34 years, was by Lee’s side every step of the way. The Kopmans have two children Steve and Phyllis. Steve Kopman ’78 followed in his father’s footsteps graduating from Adelphi and becoming an eminent square dance caller in his own right. The Kopmans have remained connected to Adelphi and have taught popular square dance courses in the Center for Recreation and Sports.