Stanley (Stan) Lipkin, 99

Stanley (Stan) Lipkin
Stanley (Stan) Lipkin, resident of New York City, formerly of Chicago, died in his sleep at the age of 99 on October 27, 2017. A spirited man of enormous energy, determination, compassion, and generosity, he was a humanist, feminist, and patriot. Stan was born on February 11, 1918 in the Bronx. He earned his BA and MA at The City College of New York and his PhD in Psychology from the University of Chicago. During WWII, he was stationed in the Adjutant General’s Department in both the US and France and achieved the rank of Captain. He would not let authority get in the way of the work he did with soldiers, especially those who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. He introduced many innovations during his war years, including modifications of the IQ tests that had disenfranchised African-American men. The war was a defining period of his young adulthood and he was proud throughout his lifetime of his more than four years of service. He received the American Campaign Medal; the European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; and the Victory Medal. Stan and his wife, Evelyn, of 72 years (deceased 2015) met at the New School for Social Research and married in 1943 after Stan received his officer’s commission. Following the war, he joined her at the University of Chicago where she was studying for her Masters in Social Work, and he then pursued and received his PhD in Psychology. A devoted proponent of integration in his adopted South Side neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago, he rejected white flight. With a deep concern for human and civil rights, he became a member of the NAACP in the 1940’s and was a supporter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the 1950’s. He was an active opponent of the Vietnam War. Early in his career he taught at the University of Chicago, and worked briefly for the Veterans Administration and the Chicago Board of Education. He became the first psychologist in private practice in Chicago, retiring at the age of 94. He also volunteered at Erie Neighborhood House and other social service agencies, and was active in many professional organizations. Stan and Evelyn were passionate supporters of arts and culture, establishing a number of prizes, including the Stan and Evelyn Appell Lipkin 3Arts Award to support underrepresented artists in Chicago, among many other charitable endeavors. In 2006, after spending almost 60 years in Chicago, Stan and Evelyn relocated to New York City and created a new chapter in their lives that was filled with adventure, possibility, and new friends. In New York, as in Chicago, their door was always open and all were welcomed. Never impressed by rank, status, power, or money, Stan valued hard work, family, and the capacity of individuals to change. He loved food, string quartets, jazz, dancing, spy thrillers, travel, and a good cigar. He was a bourbon drinker long before it was trendy. Stan and Evelyn raised three children: Ian, Joan, and Laurel who, through their chosen professions and volunteerism, strive to carry on their parents’ legacy and live their lives as testaments to the truths their parents knew to be self-evident — that all people are created equal and are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Stanley Lipkin lived a meaningful and purposeful life, almost making it to 100 years old. He will be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father, and humanitarian. He was a remarkable, unique man. We shall not see his like again. We adored him, will miss him always, and keep his memory close. Services have been held. Donations may be made to the Central Park Conservancy, Lighthouse for the Blind, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.