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Arthur G. (Art) Lipman


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Arthur G. (Art) Lipman Obituary
Aug. 4, 1944 ~ Apr. 23, 2017
Arthur (Art) G. Lipman passed away peacefully at his home on April 23, 2017 after battling myelofibrosis. Art often said that he lived a long, happy, and satisfied life. He was born on August 4, 1944 to Coleman and Ethel Lipman in New Bedford, MA, where he grew up working in his family's pharmacy. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with an undergraduate degree in pharmacy and went on to receive his PharmD from the University of Michigan. Art passionately believed that everyone should serve their country in some way, and he served in the United States Public Health Service as a Director of Pharmacy on the Navajo Reservation from 1968-1971, ultimately attaining the rank of Captain after several reactivations.
After serving on the faculty of Yale University, he came to Salt Lake City to found the Department of Pharmacotherapy at the University of Utah, where he worked tirelessly for the remainder of his career in palliative care and chronic pain treatment. He was Professor Emeritus of Pharmacotherapy and Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah, and held the position of Director of Clinical Pharmacology at the University's Pain Management Center for 29 years. In addition to his many other accomplishments, Art was the founding editor of the Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy. He published six books, over 250 articles, chapters and monographs, over 300 reviews and editorials, and made over 600 invited presentations at national and international meetings. He served on the federal Acute and Cancer Pain Management Guidelines Panels, was President of Cancer Pain Relief-Utah, served on the Board of Directors of the American Alliance of Cancer Pain Initiatives, and was a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health as well as many other federal agencies. Art was also a visiting professor and guest lecturer at many institutions world-wide, including the University of Oxford and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, for which he had a special affinity.
Art was a lifelong Scouter, dedicating over 50 years of service to the Boy Scouts of America. The proud scoutmaster of Troop 351, his goofy humor and dedication to the teens fostered an atmosphere of learning and exploration. Nothing pleased Art more than the moment when a scout discovered a new skill. He served in many leadership capacities in scouting, including District Chairman and Assistant Council Commissioner in the Great Salt Lake Council and on the National Jewish Committee and National Community Relationships Committee. He was also elected as the founding Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Forum of Jewish Scouts. Art was inducted as a Nachshon Fellow for outstanding service to International Jewish Scouts and next month will be posthumously honored with the prestigious Silver Antelope award for his years of service.
Art prized his family above all. He is survived by his son Joshua Lipman, daughter Sarah Mulhern (William Friedman), granddaughter Eliana Mulhern-Friedman (whom he insisted is the most inquisitive baby he ever knew), and his sister Joan Florsheim (Shelby). Art considered his children to be his greatest accomplishment. An avid skier and traveler, he explored the world with his family and friends. He loved and was loved in return by his Jewish community, colleagues, fellow scouters, and family.
Services will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10 am at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, UT. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Chabad Lubavitch of Utah (1760 S 1100 East, SLC, UT, 84105, http://bit.ly/2psdr10), National Jewish Committee on Scouting, (c/o Jeanne Tillman, National Jewish Committee on Scouting, PO Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079), or Huntsman Cancer Foundation (designate for Huntsman Hospital), (500 Huntsman Way, SLC, UT 84108, huntsmancancer.org). The family would like to extend their gratitude to the excellent doctors and staff at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital for their care.
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Published in Deseret News on Apr. 25, 2017
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