I met Jan at your home when he was exploring ways our synagogue can help the larger community in which we live. One could quickly see his passion and desire to help, to make a difference. I know that his work at Finisar made a big difference to this world, and I believe his company, C8 Medisensors will also make a big contribution to this world. My condolences to his family. He was a great man.
I knew Jan through elementary school in Brooklyn and he was the kindest, sweetest boy in my classes. When I felt most uncomfortable or out of place, he always smiled at me and I instantly felt that all was well. I wish I had known the meaningful and caring adult he had become. So sorry.
The highest praise I can offer about a person like Jan is this: He always made me think. I'm sure he did the same for many others as well, and will be missed by us all...
I also knew Jan from the age of three. We were very close all the way through high school. I picture him on the New Lots line going to high school or having a coke and a slice at the pizzeria after a hard day at play. That he was brilliant goes without saying, but I also remember his fierce competitiveness playing games, whether it was tennis, handball, or even Monopoly. I spent many happy hours in his family's home, where his parents always made me feel welcome. I also remember the joy he took in life and his abiding sense of purpose. I too, had not been in touch for many years and I too, kept on meaning to reconnect. His passing is a great loss not only to his family and friends, but to the world at large. My deepest condolences to Janyce and his sons, and to Michael and his family.
Jan was one of my very early childhood friends, from about age 3. We lived in the same building then and spent many hours playing together and having conversations about the infinitude of the universe. My memory of Jan has never faded, nor the influence that he had on my early life. There was a certain nourishment to my young soul that was provided in our early talks and hanging out together that formed my life's journey in a way that it simply would not have without. Jan was a pivotal figure for me in those formative years. His incredible intellect was matched by his simple joy of being and a light-hearted spirit. I remember us talking as children about the "never-endingness" of space, and with our open and childish minds feeling into that with awe and reverence. When I posited that it was actually black cray paper in the background, Jan laughed until tears rolled down his eyes. We haven't been in touch all these many years, but the deep sadness I feel at his passing is testimony to the impact he had on my life. I offer my deepest condolences to Jan's family and friends. Jan will always live on in my heart.
I worked with Jan at Finisar for over a year when we were building the company from it's infancy to going public. Jan was the kindest and most brilliant Scientist I have ever worked with. He was patient and always had time to help me with my recruiting efforts.
It is with deep regret that I have learned of his passing. Please accept my heart felt condolences and prayers for your family.
Having been in the process of trying to reconnect with Jan, I discovered this sad news of his passing.
I was Jan's 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teacher and have only the fondest memories of the young man he was then.
I offer my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to all his family.
Our Deepest Condolences to Jan's family. Jan will also be remembered as one of the pioneers in Laser Coupling and Packaging R/D at Bell Labs.
Bob & Janet Ku , Wyomissing PA
I only met Jan once, when the both of you and Jude and I had dinner together at that hotel in Century City. Jan and I had a wonderful talk, mainly about Zen. He was completely open to learning about something new and a joy to talk with. Later we corresponded, he tried to teach me some physics and was very patient when I didn't get the point. I will always miss not having the chance to continue our discussions and get to know him better.
The Human Route
Coming empty handed,
Going empty handed,
That is human.
When you are born, where do you come from?
When you die, where do you go?
Life is like a floating cloud which appears.
Death is like a floating cloud which disappears.
The floating cloud itself originally does not exist.
Life and death, coming and going, are also like that.
But there is one thing which always remains clear.
It is pure and clear, not depending on life and death.
Then what is the one pure and clear thing?
In love and sadness,
Just heard of this shocking news. Deeply heartfelt condolences to you, Janyce and your sons. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tori&Ghazi Chaoui Clarksville, Maryland
Our deepest condolences to your family. May Dr. Lipson's memory be a blessing and source of inspiration to all who knew him.
I was deeply saddend by the news. My deepest sympathies go out to his family.
Very tragic. Just shy of 60 years old. I don't know what to say.
I was looking forward to talking to him again after all of these years. His brother just gave me his e-mail address. We were in school together for 17 years. In fifth grade we decided on which college we were going to go to and actually followed through on our plans, even though it meant going across the country. First year in college, in what was for us a strange environment, was certainly easier because we had each other. Now it is gone.
We were shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of your husband and father. We have fond memories of your family in Kutztown, PA and pray that the Lord will comfort each of you at this difficult time.
Our thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. We are saddened by your loss.
Nelson and Barbara Sherwood and family
I only met Jan a few times, but I assume since you picked him for your mate, that he must be an amazing,loving man. I am shocked and saddened to hear of your loss.
We miss not seeing you as we did when we lived in Cupertino and feel very unhappy that we could not be there for you at this time. You have always been such a great friend, supporter, giver, and helper. Please call us when you feel like it.
Dear Janyce and family,
As you know, we were stunned to hear of your loss. You have been in our prayers. We know that you will be with Jan again in the eternities. If you need to talk for any reason, please feel free to contact us.
with love and hugs to you,
Chris & Lynne Capener
Janyce and Family, We are very sad to have heard about Jan. We were Michael and Laeslie's next door neighbors in Royal Palm Beach. We have always admired Jan's love and care for for his Family. We know how much he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, Linda and Bob Medlin
May your family be comforted, Jan. Your departure from this earth is a very great loss in many ways. Today, though, i looked at one of your little grandchildren, Jan and Janyce, and felt the promise of the future. You died in a activity you loved, Jan, and that is a kind of blessing. i pray for you all, and may Elohim be your Rock, as He was so beautifully proclaimed at the graveside today. Ride on, Jan, to new horizons, b shafer
Jan was a caring, compassionate man with a quick smile. Although Jan was certainly the brightest person in our circle of friends, he never strived to make you aware of it.
Jan had steadfast faith, but was also accepting of other's beliefs. We could all learn much by the example he lived.
Rest in Peace, Jan
This is Jans cousin Ileane weiner and i am sorry for your loss.I hope and pray for your family.No words can describe how i feel.
This is jeremy weiner Ileanes grandson who wrote this for her.
Janyce-- my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Janyce, I feel for your tragic loss. May you and your sons find comfort and peace.
Dear Janyce,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your
On behalf of the San Jose Scooter Posse, I would like to convey our deepest condolences for your loss. We where the ones who pulled over after it happened. We did not see the crash itself but we checked for vitals. Janyce, we all wanted you to know he did not suffer. I personally met him in Feb at a C8 test. We shook hands and talk briefly. He was a deeply caring man and he made me laugh. God will watch over him.
HWY 9 is a favorite. I just bicycle road and videoed its decent last Friday. I am sorry for everyone's loss.
Very sorry to hear of this incident and loss of life on my favorite local road biking hill. Condolences to family and friends.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope that your many wonderful memories of Jan will be of comfort to you and your family.
Janyce my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Just remember Jan will always live in your heart.
As a fellow cyclist who loves Hwy 9, I am so sad to hear of Jan's passing. My heart and thoughts are with the family.
Aunt Janyce, Sam, Joey, and Albert:
I am so sorry I can't come to be with you during this time. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
My deepest sympathy to your family and friends, from a fellow avid cyclist.
Jan was an inspirational leader to those of us on the Noten Yad project at CBD! What a kind, positive, well spoken man! He will be dearly missed! May the work he started on Noten Yad be continued in his memory!! May his memory be for a blessing!!
Janyce, I'm thinking of you during this
Dear Janyce, Sam, Joey, Al and families,
I am so sorry to hear of this tragic accident that took your beloved husband/father from you. My heart goes out to you in this time of grief. Know that many people who know and love you are with you in thought and prayer as you deal with this deeply painful loss.
Susan Charron (formerly Bazylak, your Breingisville neighbor)
I don't know you, but I happen to be pass by when they found you. May your soul rest in peace
Jan, I enjoyed talking to you. You were kind and intelligent. Most of all, you were a devoted companion to my friend and your wife. I admired your pursuit of excellence and your incredible stamina for life. Rest in peace. May God bless your soul.
RIP Mr. Lipson. Gone but not forgotten.
I had the priviledge of knowing Jan Lipson. He is and always will be my wife Jude's best friend and mentor. He could console her and counsel her and talk about all kinds of etherial things in science and in the heavens. She said today that she felt like she had lost a brother. I understand and grieve along with her and Jan's family. As for myself, Jan was a lot smarter than I am and leaps and bounds more educated than I. Yet he never talked down to anyone. He was a soft-spoken, charming may with an infectious, childlike smile that he used all the time. I remember his laugh. It was a beautiful laugh...an genuine laugh that told you that he never did take himself too seriously. I thank God for allowing me to know him for the brief...all too brief years that I did. God bless you, Jan. May the Lord take you into his arms and love you for eternity.
I am so sorry for your loss. Even though I didn't know Jan personally,I may well have passed him on the road. As an avid cyclist myself and one who has traveled that road frequently, my heart breaks to think that he will no longer enjoy it's beauties, and will no longer be able to share the memories of the rides with his family. Be strong and be certain that one who rides lives a life full of life.
Good night, dear, sweet cousin. Your heart & brilliance will be deeply missed.
Dear Mr. Jan Lipson,
we did not know you; but know what you stood for and valued - integrity, innovation and nature. We will miss a friend we did not know. May you Rest in Peace until your next adventure.
With love and regards,
Jill and Dave Stahl.
You meant so much to so many people. I enjoyed following your career from Bell Labs to Finisar and on to your medical work out here. Wherever you went you managed to teach me something each time we spoke.
You will always be tops in my book.
So devastated to hear about the loss of such a great man. I pray you find comfort and peace in this time.
I did not know Jan Lipson - but it has sadden me to read about this tragic accident.
Time will heal the pain of your loss, but the memories will remain for always.
Jan was an inspiration and a blessing to everyone who worked with him at Finisar. He will be remembered dearly for a long, long time.
Jan was a great guy. He showed his tremendous humanity in support of our good friend Lew Aronson. His current work will be looked on as a revolution for millions. This is not fair.
Worked at Finisar at the same time as Jan. I was always very impressed with his intellect and ability to communicate complex issues in meetings. Finisar owes much of its prosperity at those times to his work.
Truly a light has gone from the world. May his family in time find a way to bear this loss. Myself, I have lost my dearest friend. It never mattered what we were talking about. Jan Lipson understood me like a twin, never criticized me, and gave me and so so many others hope and intelligent advice. His words were liberally sprinkled with the dry wit that suggested "Don't take it so seriously." He refused to take himself too seriously; his capacity for humility seemed boundless.
He was certainly a polymath, clearly a brilliant scientist,but perhaps his greatest brilliance glittered most splendidly in his vast enduring humanity.
Many will weep and mourn and endure
the tragic absence of this man whose entire being was a lesson in love.
Rest in peace dear Mr. Lipson. May you be surrounded by the Lord's angels forever!