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EttaLeah Coplon Bluestein, M.D.

EttaLeah Coplon Bluestein, M.D.
  • September 23, 1943 - October 30, 2019
  • Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to the:
  • Bluestein Education Fund
    c/o Synagogue Emanu-El
    5 Windsor Drive
    Charleston, SC 29407

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“We were patients of Dr. Bluestein and it's with great sadness that we just learned of her passing. We always appreciated not only her professionalism...Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: John Haskell - Charleston, SC

“I am so sad to hear this. Etta Leah was a classmate of my husband, Al Jordan, at MUSC. She was my eye doctor until we moved from Charleston . She...Read More »
2 of 35 | Posted by: Sarah and Al Jordan - Sumter, SC

“Dear Nicky, I am so sorry for your loss. EttaLeah was a dear friend to us. We will cherish our dinners and visits with you both. Our love to you and...Read More »
3 of 35 | Posted by: Brian Rutenberg - New York, NY

“Nicky and family, I am so sorry for the Bluestein family.While I didn't know EttaLeah personally, I know through Nicky and Scott that she was a...Read More »
4 of 35 | Posted by: THAD VINCENT - SUMTER, SC

“My condolences to Gabe and this family:One of my friends years ago who are relatives to the McAlister family lives on Sullivan Island had a lunheon...Read More »
5 of 35 | Posted by: Rebecca Jean Anderson-Gilliard - SC

“I was deeply saddened to hear of Etta Leah's passing. What a lovely friend since our high school years, and what a caring and accomplished person and...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: Bob Krawcheck - Coral Gables, FL

“I am very sorry to read of Dr. Bluestein's passing , I was a patient several years ago, she left a Saturday's luncheon with out of town friends to...Read More »
7 of 35 | Posted by: Dorothea Adams - Isle of Palms, SC

“We met Dr. Bluestein many years ago at St. Francis Hospital. My sister had some eye issues and one of the doctors said "That" is who we need! She...Read More »
8 of 35 | Posted by: Elaine Gooch - Charleston, SC

“always gracious always caring made a huge impact on my life thanks doc ! ”
9 of 35 | Posted by: Betty Branch - North Charleston, SC

“Ettaleah was so amazing. She was a master multi-tasker. I remember one time we were talking on the phone and she was making breakfast for her...Read More »
10 of 35 | Posted by: Iris Gradman - Chicago, IL

“Sending our deepest sympathy to Nicky and the entire Bluestein family. Dr. Bluestein was a remarkably interesting woman, it was a privilege to have...Read More »
11 of 35 | Posted by: Jacquelyn and Charlie Hall, Jr. - SC

“I am saddened to lose such a kind and caring friend. Our years go back to when we were 15 and never once on my trips home has she not made time to...Read More »
12 of 35 | Posted by: A friend

“Your legacy of love of family, faith, strength and dignity, as well as your exemplary service in your personal and professional life will always...Read More »
13 of 35 | Posted by: Roz (Shurin) Kravitz - Newtown, PA

“Nicky,We are saddened to hear of EttaLeah's passing. I have many fond memories of our growing up together. Our deepest condolences to you and you...Read More »
14 of 35 | Posted by: Jerry and Linda Wearb - NC

“We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our thoughts & prayers. ”
15 of 35 | Posted by: Jim & Lori Lyon - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Baruj Dayan Haemet.The Hochmans ”
16 of 35 | Posted by: marcelo hochman - charleston, SC

“Scott and Natalie, I am in awe reading about your mom. May the good father get all of your family through this very difficult time. ”
17 of 35 | Posted by: Robert /Lisa Murray - IOP, SC

“Nicky, I just heard that EttaLeah was very sick. What a lovely woman and down to earth person. So sorry of your loss, as I lost Hank last November....Read More »
18 of 35 | Posted by: Adrienne Tuchman - Charleston, SC, SC

“I am sad, but very grateful for the time that I had with Dr. Bluestein. A remarkable woman, whom I will not forget. Sending my love and prayers to...Read More »
19 of 35 | Posted by: Joanna Williams - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Nicky,I was so very sorry to hear of EttaLeah's passing. She was truly a very special person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family....Read More »
20 of 35 | Posted by: Carol Wearb Tuck - Birmingha, AL

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Bluestein family. I was a patiient of Dr. Bluestein for many years. She was a wonderful physician and caring...Read More »
21 of 35 | Posted by: Lyn Bowers - North Charleston, SC

“Scott and Natalie, I am so sorry. She was an amazing woman and I stand in awe of her many achievements. An inspiration to us all. ”
22 of 35 | Posted by: Beatrice Whitten - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Michael Blackman, Joann BowersOur condolences are with her husband and all the families. We were both her patients. Dr. Bluestein will be missed. ”
23 of 35 | Posted by: Joann Bowers - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Scott and Natalie:We are very sorry for the loss of your mom. She was truly and exceptional lady and a self-made woman. Please know that our hearts...Read More »
24 of 35 | Posted by: Norbert Cummings - Summerville, SC

“What a beautiful caring soul! I was a patient of hers for almost 20 years and one of her last patients to be seen the day she officially closed her...Read More »
25 of 35 | Posted by: Betty Reed - Charleston, SC

“I am so sorry for the loss that surprised me. May she RIP and her memory be a blessing to all that knew and loved her. Going to Rivers with her...Read More »
26 of 35 | Posted by: A friend

“Prayers and deepest sympathy to Nickie and the Bluestein families. ”
27 of 35 | Posted by: Wynette & Jim Griffith - FL

“I was very saddened to hear of ettaleah's passing . She was a remarkable woman . My deepest sympathies for your family ”
28 of 35 | Posted by: Janis Wood - Hoover, AL - Friend

“I am so sorry to hear of her passing. We will keep her, and the entire Bluestein family, in our thoughts. ”
29 of 35 | Posted by: Mike & Melissa Tecosky - SC

“What an interesting and amazing life story for a wonderful woman. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
30 of 35 | Posted by: Sherry Martschink - Summerville, SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God give you comfort and peace during this time. I have enjoyed working for Dr. B for 9 years. She was...Read More »
31 of 35 | Posted by: Jill Traxler - Charleston, SC

“I am so sorry for the sudden loss of Dr. Bluestein. She was a great provider and I enjoyed working with her everyday. I will keep the Bluestein...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: James Sims - Goose Creek, SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Dr. B was an amazing boss. She always made me laugh and definitely kept me on my toes. I miss working...Read More »
33 of 35 | Posted by: Tammi Ingerson - Moncks Corner, SC

“You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I have so many find me worries of her. She was such an incredible lady/ and so kind and generous....Read More »
34 of 35 | Posted by: Susan Barbieri- Chambers MD - SC

“So sad to hear the news of the death of Ettaleah. Such a sweet and gifted person. Our condolences to her beloved husband, Nicky, and to her dear...Read More »
35 of 35 | Posted by: Helene and Eric Scharff - Atlanta


EttaLeah Coplon Bluestein, M.D., 76, of Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, wife of Nathan (Nicky) J. Bluestein, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

EttaLeah was born September 23, 1943, in Charleston, South Carolina, a daughter of the late Samuel Coplon and Janice Clein Coplon. She was a graduate of Sophie Newcomb College at Tulane, The Citadel and the Medical University of South Carolina. After her first child was born EttaLeah stopped teaching high school and began selling Albert Nippon clothing out of her house becoming the second largest seller on the East Coast after Bergdorf Goodman. She subsequently studied art under William Halsey and became a successful artist with numerous sales to art galleries in New York City.

At the age of 42, EttaLeah started medical school and practiced as a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist at Bluestein Custom Vision until her retirement earlier this year. Throughout her career, Dr. Bluestein participated in laser surgery trials, numerous fellowships and published over 25 medical journal articles and textbook chapters. During her career she was the recipient of numerous professional awards and accolades including the MUSC Storm Eye Institute Distinguished Alumni Award, Most Trusted LASIK Surgeon and Charleston Jewish Federation's Charleston Women Who Make a Difference Award.

Dr. Bluestein was a member of the Charleston County Medical Society, South Carolina Medical Association, the Medical Society of South Carolina, American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and the International Society of Refractive Surgeons. She served on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind, the Association for the Blind, Synagogue Emanu-El, Hadassah, the Charleston Jewish Community Center and the National Council of Jewish Women and she volunteered for numerous non-profit organizations including the Gibbes Museum of Art, Touch Tours For the Blind and the Society of 1824 at MUSC.

Dr. Bluestein is survived by her husband of 54 years, Nicky; three sons: S. Scott Bluestein (Natalie) of Sullivan's Island, SC, Ryan D. Bluestein (Sharyn) of Mt. Pleasant, SC and Brett A. Bluestein (Bess) of Sullivan's Island, SC; sister, Judy C. Grossman (William) of Sullivan's Island, SC; and four grandchildren, Abby, Max, Libby and Jack.

Funeral service will be held graveside Friday, November 1, 2019, at 10:00 AM at the Emanu-El Maryville Cemetery, Sycamore Avenue.

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the Bluestein Education Fund at Synagogue Emanu-El, 5 Windsor Drive, Charleston, SC 29407.