GAIL GUTTENBERG LIPTON, 68, of Smyrna, GA, passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 26, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert whom she met at the University of Michigan, and leaves behind her daughter, Danna and her husband Gregg; her son, Jason and his wife Ephrat; and three grandchildren. Private Graveside Services will take place at Haym Salomon Memorial Park in Frazer, PA.
The Following obituary will give you a picture as to the kind of life Gail lived:
ROBERT S. (Treb), 69, died in Atlanta, GA on July 17, 2011, following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Mr. Lipton was born in upstate NY. He was an aeronautical and astronautical engineering graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI where he met his wife of forty-six years, Gail, who was also a student there. They moved to Seattle, WA where Mr. Lipton was employed as a wind tunnel test engineer for the Boeing Co. He transferred to Boeing's Vertol Division near Philadelphia and worked in the legal department while attending Temple University School of Law at night. He began his career as a Patent attorney first with the Boeing Co. and then as a private practitioner. Mr. Lipton and his family lived in the Philadelphia area for thirty-nine years. He served as the president of the Workman's Circle Home in Media which is now closed. He was also a founding member of the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester. He served on the board of directors and was legal counsel up until the time he moved to Georgia in 2009. Mr. Lipton was an avid private pilot. He spent most of his free time flying "Victor", the Cessna aircraft he and his partner owned.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Jason, and his wife of Atlanta, GA and his daughter, Danna, and her husband also of Atlanta, GA. He is also survived by granddaughters, Talia and Shira Lipton and Quinn Yedvarb.
Gail and I were best friends all through elementary school. The last time I saw her was probably at the 40-year reunion. I was absolutely shocked to read of her death and especially to find out that it occurred 18 months ago. It feels like a part of my history has been taken away from me.
Anne Rosen (Rose)
I agree with Audrey. Gail was part of our group as children, and we had a wonderful time catching up at the Bagley reunion in 2003. We were roomates for a time in college, and I was there when she was first involved with Treb. Even though we didn't have much contact as adults I feel a tremendous sense of loss.
VERY specific memories about Gail:
She and I were in Ms. Cameron's 5th Grade English class (1955). I can remember coming back to school after the Memorial Day recess, and just sitting there, staring off into space, maybe even crying a little. Gail asked what was wrong, and I told her: "Bill Vukovich died yesterday, in the Indy 500, after winning the race the previous two years. I really loved that guy; was really rooting for him to be the first man to make it three in a row."
Gail knew I was always writing things, so she said, "Well, why don't you put your feelings down on paper?", which I did, on a green steno pad (if I search hard enough, I'm sure I could come up with that pad, since my mother never threw away ANYTHING!) And Gail was right: by putting my feelings down on paper, I achieved some resolution of my grief, which I don't think I would have otherwise.
The other thing I remember about Gail was that she was very "plain" and somewhat "retiring" in elementary school, all of which changed when I saw her next in junior high school, whence she had apparently discovered make-up and was using it to full advantage! Really surprised me, and was one of my first indications that "people do change" (another prime example was Harry Bogorad, who was a friendly, genial kid at Post, but became an all-out hoodlum in high school!)
Anyway, sad to hear that Gail is no longer with us.
Judy Berlin (Clifford)
Gail was my neighbor and dear friend for many years during high school when I lived on Roselawn. She was a true buddy...and I will remember her always. I am so glad I attended our 40th and 50th reunion so I could revisit with old friends. Judy Berlin Clifford, San Francisco, CA