UPDATE: Former Post-Dispatch managing editor Lipman dies at 77

Thursday, July 31, 2008 | 6:58 p.m. CDT; updated 12:15 a.m. CDT, Friday, August 1, 2008
David Lipman covered Missouri Tiger athletics before being promoted to assistant sports editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1966. He graduated from MU in 1953, and won the Missouri Honor Medal in 1989.

COLUMBIA — David Lipman, an MU graduate and longtime friend of the Missourian, was a hard working, driven journalist.

"I have several friends that did work for him, and they told me he was aggressive and hard-driving and that his sole mission was to put out a great, fair, hard-hitting newspaper," said Missourian general manager Dan Potter. "They said he could be very tough, but he was a great guy all-around and a great journalist."

Mr. Lipman, a long-standing member of the Missourian Board of Directors and a former managing editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, died Thursday, July 31, 2008. in St. Louis. He was 77.

Mr. Lipman was very involved in journalism within Columbia, even though he lived in Chesterfield.

"He was a great alumnus and loyal friend to the School of Journalism," said Brian Brooks, associate dean.

Potter said Lipman had stamina, even after he became ill.

"I always admire David because despite that illness, he would always make it to the Missourian Board of Directors meeting," Potter said.

Mr. Lipman graduated from MU in 1953 and went on to report Tigers athletic news as a sports writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, beginning in 1960. By 1967, Mr. Lipman had become the assistant sports editor for the paper.

In 1971, when Mr. Lipman was still in junior management at the Post-Dispatch, he was forced to make the decision whether to run the Pentagon Papers. Mr. Lipman decided to run them, but he called it "an emotional experience. I aged considerably in one day."

A federal marshal arrived to try to stop publication, but when asked if he should run the Pentagon Papers, Mr. Lipman said, "There was no question."

In 1979, he was appointed managing editor of the Post-Dispatch. This position was one Mr. Lipman would hold for 14 of his 36 years at the paper.

In 1989, Mr. Lipman received the School of Journalism's Missouri Honor Medal.

Mr. Lipman ran the Post-Dispatch newsroom until 1992, when he took a corporate job with the paper's owner, Pulitzer Publishing Co.

He retired in 1996, which allowed him to become the president of the Missouri Press Association in 1997.

In 2002, he was inducted into the Missouri Newspaper Hall of Fame.

In April 2008, Mr. Lipman received the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Missouri Professional Communicators in affiliation with the National Federation of Press Women.

Mr. Lipman was wrote or co-wrote seven sports books, including biographies of baseball players LeRoy "Satchel" Paige and Ken Boyer, football quarterbacks Jim Hart and Joe Namath and baseball manager and executive Branch Rickey.

Funeral arrangements are pending.



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