The Lippman Family Legacy

Lippman Painting

The Lippman family has been a prominent part of the Union community for three generations. Robert G. Lippman, for whom Lippman Hall is named, graduated from Union in 1950 with a bachelor of arts in economics. His son, Jim Lippman, is a 1979 graduate of Union, where he earned his bachelor of arts in both economics and political science. Jim’s gift to the College in honor of his father provided the lead support for Lippman Hall. Joining him in his support of the College are his brothers, David Lippman and Donald Lippman ’82. David’s daughter, Meredith, also graduated from Union in 2009, and Jim’s son, Matthew, is a member of the Class of 2013.

Robert G. Lippman '50
In 1941, Robert Lippman began his collegiate career at Colgate University on a hockey scholarship, but left to join the Army after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served in Burma during World War II as part of the 51st flight control squadron with the famous Merrill's Marauders, and is the recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge and two Bronze Stars. When Robert returned from the war in 1945, he chose to continue his education at Union at the urging of his uncle, Morris M. Cohn '20. While here, he was a member of Phi Sigma Delta, the Interfraternity Council and the Student Council.


Post-Union, Robert pioneered the use of sports licensing as a major marketing tool. At one point he controlled seven licenses—NFL, NBA, MLB, USTA, NHL, National Hot Rod Association, and Harlem Globetrotters—all while further developing major college teams as a marketing program. Robert also worked at Cove Point Realty in Oyster Bay, N.Y., which was founded by his wife, Barbara. Though now retired from his position as director of marketing at Campus Sportswear, Robert founded several innovative marketing programs that are still in effect today.

James M. Lippman '79
Jim Lippman founded JRK Property Holdings, a Los Angeles-based commercial real estate firm, in 1992 and currently serves as the firm’s chairman and CEO. The company has 1,500 employees and manages a portfolio valued at more than $5 billion, with over $450 million in annual revenues.

While at Union, Jim was a member of the Economics Honor Society and the men's varsity tennis team, as well as a coach for the women’s tennis team. A long-time supporter of the College, Jim was awarded the Alumni Gold Medal in 2004 for "passionate and dedicated commitment to Union." He has served as the chairman of the 25th Class ReUnion Committee and the Annual Fund Leadership Committee, and he is a member of Union’s Board of Trustees. Jim and his wife, Linda, have three children: Alexandra, Matthew and Daniel.