|John R. Lipscomb
Class of 1940
Vice President of Development, Emeritus
Berry has lost a great friend, a 35-year servant and a distinguished alumnus in
John Lipscomb. He passed away on July 9, 2011 in Atlanta. In serving as Vice
President for Development for many, many years, John Lipscomb helped insure
that the Gate of Opportunity stayed open for all of us. The article below attests to that
fact. As a graduate of the high school in 1940, he had the opportunity of knowing
Martha Berry personally. Miss Berry's commitment to the school's mission lived on
in the work of John Lipscomb in keeping that Gate open. Berry has lost a great
soldier in the march for opportunity and education.
BERRY COLLEGE PAID SPECIAL TRIBUTE to John Lipscomb (40H,
44c) during Mountain Day celebrations this fall by naming the
Hermann Hall advancement office the John Lipscomb Suite.
Lipscomb came to Berry from the Pentagon in 1965 as director of
development. He retired in 1987 but returned the next day to serve as
special assistant to the president until his second retirement in 2000.
According to Bettyann O’Neill, vice president for advancement,
Lipscomb not only has given of his own personal wealth, but also
has brought millions of dollars of support to Berry students through
“Although John is often teased that he unlocked the original Gate of
Opportunity, we know for a fact that he ensured it stayed open,” O’