by | Feb 16, 2018 | Obituaries

Norfolk —Paul M. Lipkin died at home on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at the age of 90. The son of Sam and Anna Lipkin, he was born in Norfolk, Va., became an Eagle Scout and graduated from Maury High School in 1945. He served two years in the Army in occupied Germany and then attended VPI and graduated from UVa at the top of his class with a degree in law (1952). While at UVa he was Notes Editor of the Virginia Law Review, elected to the Ravens Society and Order of the Coif and was president of Hillel. He was a partner in the Goldblatt, Lipkin, Cohen, Anderson and Legum firm for many years. Paul was a founding and lifelong member of Temple Israel.

Paul was active in his community his entire life. He was actively involved in the “One Man One Vote” fair legislative apportionment movement and ran for City Council in 1965 on the Progressive Party slate. He served as president of the Arnold Gamsey Lodge of B’nai Brith, the Norfolk JCC and Jewish Community Council (now United Jewish Federation of Tidewater). He won the Young Man of the Year Award of the Jewish Community Council in 1960 and with his wife, Ellie, the Arnold Gamsey Lodge Distinguished Service Award in 1970. Paul was an active and early supporter of civil rights and was regional chairman of the Anti-Defamation League. He was deeply involved with the Hope House Foundation for its entire existence, serving on the board and as president for many years. He served as an Election Judge and family mediator well into his 80s. Beyond these, Paul gave much of his time and expertise pro bono to many organizations and individuals.

Paul was known for his love of Sandbridge and for working the New York Times crossword puzzle in ink until the age of 87.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Eleanor Leon Lipkin, and their children Laura (Bill), Matt (Donna), Rhonda (Michele) along with eight grandchildren Tova (Joe), Jenna, Edwin, Barrett (Morgan), Devin (Lauren), Sarah, India, and Randy and one great-grandchild, Eliot. The family would like to thank the Freda Gordon Hospice.

Rabbi Michael Panitz officiated at the funeral service, which took place at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk chapel. Interment followed at Forest Lawn. The family suggests donations in memory of Paul to the Hope House Foundation, Temple Israel or Beth Sholom Home.

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