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Elliot Lippin Scholarship Fund

Sam Lippin and Elliot Lippin

Elliot Lippin Scholarship Fund
The Elliot Lippin Scholarship Fund has been established at the Fashion Institute of Technology to give support and encouragement to deserving students. It was also established to remember Elliot Lippin (1927-2007) for his remarkable life as a businessman, father, teacher, and philanthropist. Learn more about Elliot Lippin:

Eulogy for Elliot Lippin
American Fur Industry President's Message

Elliot’s work as a historian
The Beaver in Colonial America (College History Paper)
The Fur Trade and Conservation (Presentation at a Fur Industry Conference)

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Sam Lippin presenting Elliot Lippin with the AntiDefamation League Torch of Liberty Award, 1992.

Elliot Lippin
Elliot was known for his intelligence, dry sense of humor, great smile, and his willingness to help people. He was known for his integrity, optimism, and resourcefulness throughout his life, which had its share of adversity and success.

Elliot Lippin grew up in Brooklyn, NY during the Great Depression. When he was twelve, his father passed away, so he began working to support the family, delivering groceries and being a “pin boy” in a bowling alley. He attended Brooklyn Tech High School, and at age sixteen, began working at Sperry Gyroscope. During WWII, he joined the Merchant Marines. He was only seventeen, so he lied about his age. He was also color blind, so he memorized the answers for the color test from those who went before him at the test. He served for two years and was stationed in Hamburg, Germany.

Following the War, Elliot returned to NY and began working in the fur business. He started at the bottom of the business in his early twenties, and over the course of fifty years, he worked his way up to become very successful. He eventually started his own business, Lippin, Golden Furs in Manhattan. He became a master craftsman, making beautiful fur coats, and he developed a wealth of knowledge about the history of fur and the industry. He served as President of the Fur Salesman Association and President of the American Fur Institute.

In his forties, Elliot returned to school to earn a Masters Degree in history from C.W. Post, and later his teaching certificate. He lectured at the Fashion Institute of Technology and for the last five years of his life, was a substitute middle school teacher.

Elliot was very involved at the Hicksville Jewish Center. He also served on the Board of Camp Sussex. For many years, he was President of the Board and was eventually named Honorary Life President. He had attended Camp Sussex as a boy, and he remained involved there throughout his life.

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