Published on July 12th, 2015 | by St Peter's College0
Memorial Service: Vale Dr Rex J Lipman AO ED OLH ONM (SHT ’37)
13 July 2015
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Dr Rex J Lipman AO ED OLH ONM on Saturday 4 July, 2015.
I would personally like to extend you an invitation to join Dr Lipman’s family and myself in the celebration of this great South Australian’s life.
Dr Lipman’s Memorial Service will be held in Memorial Hall at St Peter’s College on:
Tuesday 21 July, 2015
2:50pm for 3:00pm start, followed by refreshments
Hackney Road, St Peters, South Australia
Dr Rex J Lipman, the benefactor of the Rex J Lipman Fellows program and Foundation Life Patron, attended St Peter’s College from 1933 to 1937 and was in Short and later MacDermott Houses. He joined the Citizen Military Forces after completing his education at Saints and was a junior clerk at Goldsborough Mort. He studied commerce at night at the University of Adelaide. He enlisted in the army at the outbreak of WWII and, early in the war, served with distinction as a Commando behind the Japanese lines in Timor and, later, as a staff officer in the famous 9th Division where he was mentioned in Despatches (1945).
After WWII, as a Lt Colonel, he was the first Commanding Officer of the Adelaide University Regiment. It was during this time that he successfully studied dental surgery and built a large practice in Adelaide. In 1947, he married Eve Fisher, who, as an ‘other ranks’ army nurse, nursed him in hospital, in 1942. They have a truly wonderful family – five children, fifteen grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
In the 1960s, he was involved with banking and finance and was CEO of Adelaide’s most successful Merchant Bank. In the 1970s he set up Angas Travel and brought the Swiss Hotel Association and the Cordon Bleu of Paris to Australia. Towards the end of the 1990s, Dr Lipman’s son, Gerald, took over as CEO of the International College of Hotel Management that Dr Lipman had started in 1992. It is now one of the leading international hotel management schools in the Western world and has enrolled students from ninety different countries.
Dr Lipman was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1989 for his contribution to the banking and thoroughbred horse racing industries, and, in 2008, for his services to education, tourism and the hotel industries, he was made an Officer of that Order.
In the 1990s, the French Government acknowledged his services to France, by making him a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and an Officier in the Ordre National du Mérite. In July 2014, in the Bastille Day Honour’s List, he was promoted to the rank of Officier de La Légion d’Honneur – an extremely rare honour for an Australian.
In 2014, Dr Lipman accepted the Headmaster’s invitation to become the 25th Fellow. Dr Lipman decided this would be his final public lecture, on the same stage where it all started for as a student at the School. Dr Lipman lectured on the topic of neuroscience and his collaboration with one of the world’s leaders in the field, Professor Michael Merzenich.
Pro Deo et Patria