KSU Foundation trustee and alumnus Dr. Robert A. Lipson remembered

Kennesaw State University lost a true friend and dedicated advocate of the university when Dr. Robert A. Lipson‚ president and CEO of WellStar Health System‚ passed away Nov. 10 in a motorcycle accident.

Georgia (Nov 13, 2006) — Kennesaw State University lost a true friend and dedicated advocate of the university when Dr. Robert A. Lipson‚ president and CEO of WellStar Health System‚ passed away Nov. 10 in a motorcycle accident.

The community paid tribute to Lipson during a memorial service at KSU’s Convocation Center Monday‚ Nov. 13. Speakers included Dr. Rachel Lipson‚ his daughter; Aaron Lipson‚ his son; Marsha Burke‚ interim CEO of WellStar; and Dr. Gregory Simone and Dr. Robert Jansen‚ friends and colleagues.

“He was a true friend to Kennesaw State University‚” President Daniel S. Papp said. “His death is a tragedy for the Lipson family‚ northwest Georgia and this university.”

The KSU Foundation trustee and alumnus was widely known for his expertise in medicine‚ business and even art.

Lipson practiced internal medicine for more than 25 years before joining the WellStar Health System in 1993 in an administrative role. When he recognized the need for physicians to have a deeper knowledge of business‚ he enrolled in KSU’s fledgling physician executive MBA program and was a member of the first graduating class in 1997.

Lipson’s connection with the university continued to flourish after he became the CEO of WellStar in 2001. He was instrumental in the former College of Health and Human Services being renamed the WellStar College of Health and Human Services in 2003‚ following WellStar’s $3.1 million gift to the college.

“Rob was a strong advocate of Kennesaw State University; he led by example‚” said Bob Prillaman‚ KSU Foundation trustee. “It’s because of his enormous efforts the university boasts the WellStar College of Health and Human Services. He was also a huge proponent of the new Health Sciences Building recently added to a list of funding priorities by the Board of Regents. Thanks to Rob's wonderful support for these projects and others‚ his influence will be felt for years to come.”

In 2005‚ Lipson‚ on behalf of WellStar‚ was honored with the Erwin Zaban Prize for Entrepreneurial Spirit by the KSU Foundation.

“During his time on our board‚ and with his work relating to the university‚ specifically in health care‚ he consistently demonstrated a deep respect for education and for the free enterprise system‚” Thomas M. Holder‚ KSU Foundation Board of Trustees chair‚ said.

Recently‚ Lipson’s photography was featured during a month−long exhibit at KSU’s Sturgis Library Gallery. The 48−piece collection included vivid color photographs he snapped over a 35−year time span.

Several years ago‚ Lipson appeared in front of the camera for a successful advertising campaign on behalf of the university and was featured in publications such as Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Trend.

Lipson is survived by his wife of 38 years‚ Livvy Kazer Lipson; his daughter‚ Dr. Rachel Ellen Lipson; his son‚ Aaron William Lipson; his daughter−in−law‚ Leslie Kulbersh Lipson; his granddaughter‚ Karen Elaine Lipson; his mother‚ Ann Lackey Lipson; his brother‚ Arthur E. Lipson; and his sister‚ Phyllis L. Loff.


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