I can't believe she's gone. She should have lived another 10 years, as did her mother. She really cared about the world and had no patience with politicians who didn't share her beliefs in making this a better place!
In 1980, Mrs. Lipson was the teacher in the class next door to me at Minnie Gant Elementary School where I was an aide to Mrs. Ruth Morris. Both incredible teachers and will be inspirations to me always. Mrs. Lipson had at that point not learned to thread the 16 mm projector and would always ask me to help her. But even then I could see the big picture that threading a projector was not teaching and that teaching was not from a desk but from the heart. I loved her enthusiasm and I can still see her unique gait as she walked like no one else could. Mrs. Lipson, you will be truly missed. Thanks for all you did for the students of LBUSD. May you rest in peace.
Will always remember the great parties at your house. Diana Baldwin
From what I've read here, I'm almost sorry that I didn't have Tam as a teacher when I was young; it sounds as if she was as special then as when I met her after she retired. I've had the privilege of sharing the Thanksgiving holiday with her almost every year for the last fifteen or so years. She was as gracious a guest as she was a host, and I always looked forward to catching up on her travels, her walking, writing, shopping, and political commentary. Watching her interact with Jan and with Steve was just plain good theatre. Her pride of, and admiration for, them and for Bruce and Katherine as well was endearing to see.
There is a hole in my heart now as I think of her, but my life is better for having known her and having shared time with her. May we all be as lively, as feisty, and as independent at age 85 as she was!
Jan, Bruce, Steve, Katherine, Michael, and Phil, my thoughts and sympathies are with you.
Mrs. Lipson was my 2nd grade teacher at Keller. I still remember her sunny disposition and sweet face, even though i am now 53 years old. She also was my aunt's teacher (I don't remember which grade) who is now 73 years old. Godspeed, Mrs. Lipson.
What amazing memories I have have of this incredible woman! By far, Mrs. Lipson was my favorite teacher ever. She made a huge impact on me and the lives of so many children. I always think of her walking in her very tall, wedge shoes. Thank you for such great memories!
Tam was so full of life! She was keenly interested in current events and public policy and knowledgeable about many things. She got me involved with NCJW. I'll miss talking with her.
OLLI Memoirs class will not be the same without our 'Sergeant at Arms'. Tam was the first one to greet newcombers and learn their names. She was an exceptional writer. I thought I had heard all about her life, but never knew how many people she had influenced until I read these comments. Sadly, ~~Fly~~
Tamara always had a smile on her face & enthusiasm in her voice. She will be missed!
Tam will leave a big hole in our class!
Carol Willner (memoir class)
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Mark McKee
Room 22 was never, and will never again be the same. Safe travels, Mrs. Lipson. You will be remembered!
My deepest condolences to your family. I was in Mrs. Lipson's 2nd grade class in 1966. Her wonderful walk stands out so vividly in my memory, not only as a child seeing her storm across the playground while on duty, but also as an adult when I would see her walking along the beach in Belmont Shore. I could tell it was her from half way down the peninsula. She touched so many, many lives.
My thoughts are with her family in this sudden loss. Dearest Tam was the best Master Teacher when she shared her talents and love of teaching with me in Spring 1967. I still have the mug she gave me as a momento of our time together. The children of Long Beach were all so lucky to have her as their teacher. The student teachers were fortunate to have her as their mentor. Her love of teaching lives in the hearts and lives of those she mentored. She will be missed.
I met Tammy in the Memoir Writng class at Oscher Lifelong Learning Institute. She was the spirit of the class and always kept us in line. She will be dearly missed.
Tam was a bundle of energy and opinions, a gifted writer, a "ham" at heart. We shared the same birthday. I grateful that she helped out with the OLLI Memoir class and kept all of us in line. In her stories, she artfully "described" her friends, neighbors, and those she traveled with. She will be missed.
I'm deeply saddened by the news of Tam's passsing. Ben and Tam were incredibly positive influences on my career as an educator...I'm so grateful to both of them for touching my life.
She was my fourth grade teacher. She made me feel good about being a strong girl. I remember how much she loved Ben. Glad she is finally reunited with him....
Tam's sudden and too-early departure from this life shocks and greatly saddens her many friends at the OLLI. She was an active participant in our classes and added greatly to the joy of our continuing learning experiences. We will miss her very much. I offer my sincere condolences to her family.
She taught my children in 4th grade and the memory of what a great teacher she was is still with us over 30 years later.
Dear Lipson family,
My son Ben was in Tam Lipson's fourth grade class in 1982, and she was an amazing teacher. She spoke of him as "another Ben". Later I would see her walking in the mornings when I was out- but could never have kept up with her pace. She was a wonderful, feisty spirit for our kids and our community, and I'll remember her with such fondness.
Many words can be used to describe my mother-in-law but the one word that stands out is "extraordinary".
Thanks to Tam for the example of a life lived well. My sincere condolences to the family and friends.