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Ethel Lipsitz, Director of Development for the Collegiate School from 1985 - 2000, died on Friday at her home in Manhattan. The cause was complications from pancreatic cancer. Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to a District Manager for AT&T, Mrs. Lipsitz was raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pittston and Philadelphia. She was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary and Connecticut College. She moved to New York City where her first job was in the merchandising department at Lord & Taylor. Raising three children in the 1970s, Mrs. Lipsitz shifted from a career in merchandising to volunteer work, serving as president of the Parents Association at the Cathedral School and Nightingale-Bamford. In 1983, Mrs. Lipsitz started work in the Development Office at Collegiate, rising to Director of Development in 1985. Writing of Mrs. Lipsitz, current Collegiate Headmaster Lee Levison observed that Mrs. Lipsitz' "Dignity and grace were palpable - and radiated throughout [a] room. Being in her presence made us all better." Mrs. Lipsitz was an active alumna of Connecticut College and she and her husband, Hilary Lipsitz, who predeceased her, were longtime members of the Advisory Council of the American Museum of Natural History. A resident of Manhattan and Saltaire, Fire Island, she is survived by her three children, Evan, a surgeon, Andrew, a TV writer, and Kate, a corporate communications director, a daughter-in-law, Susan, three grandchildren and a brother, Arthur Evans. Contributions in her memory may be directed to: The Collegiate School, The American Museum of Natural History, or a .

Published in The New York Times on Feb. 28, 2018
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