Doctor Carl Jackson Vipperman, retired Professor of History at the University of Georgia, died June 28, 2014.
The seventh of eleven children born to William Frederick and Sally Brown Vipperman, Carl was delivered by a midwife on March 27, 1928 in the family home in rural Raleigh County between Sophia and Glen White, West Virginia.
Educated in the public schools of Raleigh County, Carl graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, joined the U.S. Army, and served with the Seventh Infantry Division in Korea (1946-48). He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (AB in English), and taught in the public schools of Georgia and Florida. At Jacksonville he met and married (1957) fellow-teacher Reginald Fay Graham, daughter of Oscar J. and Renabel Graham of Seneca, South Carolina. With Reggie's support and encouragement, Carl earned graduate degrees in history at the University of Georgia (MA) and the University of Virginia (PhD). He taught three years at the College of Charleston (SC), then joined the University of Georgia history faculty (1967). At Georgia he wrote scholarly biographies of two South Carolinians: Rawlins Lowndes (USC Press) and William Lowndes (UNC Press). His honors and awards include the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Fellowship at UVa and the Phi Alpha Theta Teaching Award at UGa. The year after he retired (1994) the History Department at UGa established the Carl Vipperman Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in his honor. In retirement each summer for ten years he lectured on cruise ships of the American Canadian Caribbean Cruise Line.
He is survived by his wife Reggie, his son Carl, Jr. and wife Vickie Cooper of Nashville, Tenn., two sisters, Rosalie (Mrs. Charles) Mitchell of Jasper, Florida and Vivian (Mrs. David) Barry of Gainesville, Florida, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Athens. A reception will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carl Vipperman Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, UGA History Dept., 202 LeConte, Athens, GA 30602.
Lord and Stephens, EAST is in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home - East Chapel
4355 Lexington Road Athens, GA 30605
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on June 30, 2014