SWC mourns the passing of Ira A. Lipman z”l

September 17, 2019

The Simon Wiesenthal Center mourns the loss of longtime board member and supporter Ira A. Lipman z”l.

Mr. Lipman was a member of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Board of Trustees for 38 years. He was a businessman, leader, and a philanthropist who served on the boards of more than 65 other organizations.  Last year, he received the Center’s highest honor, the Humanitarian Award for his years of service and dedication to the work of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Photo: Ira A. Lipman, next to his wife, Barbara, receives the Fellows Certificate from Samuel Belzberg on March 14, 1982 in New York. Also pictured are Rabbi Marvin Hier and Simon Wiesenthal, the late famed Nazi hunter.

“I was proud to call Ira a friend for over 40 years.  He was a giant of a man, who earned a reputation as someone who confronted the haters and bigots when few did. His presence will be sorely missed,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, Simon Wiesenthal Center founder and dean. 

Our thoughts are with his wife Barbara, sons Gustave, Joshua, Benjamin and the entire extended Lipman family.

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