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Doris Leslie Mark


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Doris Leslie Mark Obituary
July 29, 1925 - November 12, 2017 Artist, Designer Doris Mark, a resident of Los Angeles for more than 60 years and of Rye, New York, since 2013, died November 12th at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer. Born in Newark, NJ, Doris' father was Louis Rosin and her mother Ruth Helprin. When her mother died when Doris was seven, she spent her formative years in the company of her uncles Morris and Leon Helprin. They imparted an appreciation of art, design and culture that would become lifelong pursuits. Doris' immediate family moved to Los Angeles where Doris graduated from Fairfax High School. At UCLA she studied art and design and began doing modeling work for Claire McCardell. Doris married Bertrand Forma, L.A. textile legend and artist. With their son they lived in the Silverlake district through the 1950s. The marriage ended in divorce. During this period, Doris' younger brother Henry Rosin died. He was only 28, they were extremely close and it was a tremendous loss. In 1962 Doris married the LA pediatrician, Jerome Mark and moved to the San Fernando Valley with her son and two step-children. Early in her second marriage, Doris began traveling with her husband, with friends or by herself to see as much of the world as she could. These experiences with different people and cultures nourished her work as an artist and interior designer. A permanent separation led to Doris meeting Milton Weintraub on a Sierra Club hike in 1994. Shared interests and love sustained their relationship until Doris' death. Doris Mark is survived by her son Anthony Forma and her daughter-in-law Betti Weimersheimer Forma and by her two grandchildren, Yosefa Forma and Miles Forma, all of New York. She is also survived by cousins, nieces and a nephew living in California, Virginia, Maine, Florida and Connecticut. Doris is remembered by what two of her lifelong friends said upon hearing of her death: "You could never knock her down." "She was one hell of a woman." An event celebrating Doris Mark's life will be held in late January, 2018.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 21 to Nov. 26, 2017
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