James L. Lipsey, 95, died Oct. 7, 2016.
Born in Omaha, Neb., Mr. Lipsey graduated from Omaha Central High School and the University of Nebraska. He enlisted in the Air Force two weeks after Pearl Harbor and served for five years — stateside and in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He was recalled to active duty for one-and-a-half years during the Korean conflict. He married Shirley in 1947. He was founder and president of J. Lipsey and Associates, an Omaha-based advertising and public relations firm, and was its chairman and president until his retirement in 1977. Mr. Lipsey was a founder of Boys Clubs of Omaha and was president of its board of governors in 1969. He was a member of the Omaha Advertising Club, Omaha Press Club, Omaha Rotary Club, YMCA committee of management and the UCS funding committee. He was a board member of the Meyer Therapy Center, Planned Parenthood of Nebraska, Beth El Synagogue and Omaha Sales and Marketing Executives, and was organizer and chairman of Boy Scout Troop 17. He and his wife moved to Tucson in 1975. He was a member and president of the Saguaro Horsemen’s Association and was a member of the Arizona Jewish Post advisory board, and served as its chairman for five years. He was a board member of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and a member of the Tucson Jewish Community Relations Council executive committee, and the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona investment committee. He was a member of Temple Emanu-El and Congregation Or Chadash. He served on the City of Tucson Human Relations Commission, the University of Arizona Humanities Seminars advisory board, the College of Humanities advisory board, and was a board member of Tucson Centers for Women and Children and its successor, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Bob Lipsey, Joe (Heather) Lipsey, and Sally Scott, all of Tucson; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held at a future date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, 2545 E. Adams St., Tucson 85716.