Paul Lippmann Obituary (1934 – 2022) – Stockbridge, MA

Dr Paul Lippmann, renowned psychoanalyst, loving husband, father and grandfather, died peacefully on March 14, at his home in Stockbridge surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with cancer.

Paul was born in 1934. He grew up in Coney Island, Paterson, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York, where he worked in his family’s candy store with his late parents, Max and Florence Lipshitz. As a child, Paul spent his summers at Camp Wo-Chi-Ca, a progressive children’s camp, where he met and became close to Paul Robeson, with whom he studied acting, and where he received acting lessons. music by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. .

Dr. Lippmann went on to study psychology at City College and New York University, where he also served as a faculty member. He completed postgraduate studies at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute in New York, where he became a member, training analyst, supervising analyst, and president of the White Society. He was also a member of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, where he trained alongside Erik Erikson and later in his career became a supervising analyst, sharing his love and knowledge of psychology with the next generation. of analysts. He was an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and was a guest lecturer on psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He gave a series of lectures to the California Dream Society on the use of dream interpretation in the psychotherapeutic environment.

Dr. Lippmann spent many years in private practice in New York and Stockbridge. He co-founded, with Dr Eugene Talbot, a free mental health services clinic in Stockbridge. He also co-founded the Western Massachusetts/Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (WMAPP) and was the founder of the Stockbridge Dream Society. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles on topics ranging from psychoanalytic theory to the connection between shamanism and psychology. He is also the author of the book Nocturnes (On Listening to Dreams).

Paul was an avid skier and runner. He maintained a love of music throughout his life, playing guitar and piano. Studying art in Paris, he became a highly respected painter whose work on themes of the Holocaust and lost family faces appeared in the Berkshires. Throughout his life, he believed strongly in community service and social justice. In the 1960s, he worked to support the defense team of several members of the Black Panther Party.

Paul and his wife, Dr. Frances Lippmann, came together for the love of psychology. They married in 1958 and raised two children, John Lippmann and Eve Jennings of Stockbridge, to whom Paul passed on his love of the outdoors, music and art. Paul and Frances traveled widely but were deeply rooted in the local community. Together they helped co-found Hevreh of South Berkshire.

Paul is predeceased by his parents, his older brother Meyer and his sister-in-law Annette Lipshitz. He is survived by his wife Frances; their son John and his wife Jennifer of Stockbridge and their children Heru, Phoenix and Maxwell; their daughter Eve and her husband Sean Jennings of Stockbridge and their children Lily Jennings and Joe Jennings, as well as Joe’s wife, Cate, and their children, Aurelia and Sophia. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Marian Lewek; Ellen and Larry Tannenbaum, Fern and Yussie Winerich as well as many great-nieces and nephews.

SERVICES – A celebration of life for Paul Lippmann will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. at Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA, 01230. Interment will follow at the family plot at Stockbridge Cemetery and will then be followed by a reception at the Red Lion Inn. To send memories to his family, go to

Published by The Berkshire Eagle on March 16, 2022.

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