Lynn Lippert

Lynn Lippert

1942 - 2021

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Lynn Lippert August 13, 1942 - September 4, 2021 Lynn Lippert, 79, died in Portland, Oregon after a 24 year battle with breast cancer. She passed away at home in the arms of her wife, Sal Jepson. She was surrounded and comforted by friends. We smiled that she passed at precisely 1:30pm, as she was never on time for anything in her life. Lynn was born in Toledo, Oregon, to Molly Dott and Rudolph Lippert. Although officially married August 15, 2013, to her wife, Sal Jepson, their love and partnership spanned 38 years. Together Lynn and Sal traveled to seven continents and climbed many mountains and hiked countless trails. Lynn was a Physical Therapist and enjoyed a long career as both a clinician and teacher. Lynn authored the first book ever specifically published for Physical Therapist Assistants, Clinical Kinesiology and Anatomy, which is in its seventh edition. In 1997 when Lynn was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time, the surgeon asked her when she wanted to schedule surgery. Lynn said, “What are you doing this afternoon?” So began a 24 year battle. Each time her cancer metastasized or a treatment stopped working she would say, “I just have to get up, get dressed and give it all I’ve got so I can stay just a little bit longer.” She fought hard until her very last breath. If it is true we die twice, once when we take our last breath and again when the last person whose life we impacted says our name, Lynn will be here for a very long time. Heartfelt thanks to all the friends who supported Lynn in her long battle. They witnessed how she never gave up, suffered many setbacks and difficult treatments with grace and dignity and became a tireless fundraiser for breast cancer research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. A special thanks to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Dr. Salazar, Dr. Linden, Dr. Kim, Brianna Ritchie PA, Madison Winters RN and the entire nursing staff and all the support staff that helped Lynn “stay just a little bit longer.” Lynn was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved brother Hunt. Survived by her brother Rod Lippert (Carol,) her nephew Dave Lippert and her nephew Dan Lippert (Angelique Brown.) A celebration of life will be held when it is safe to do so post-pandemic. To honor Lynn’s spirit try something you think you can’t do because Lynn would tell you that you are stronger and braver than you think. Then have some chocolate chocolate chip ice cream and consider using the link below and donate to the Lynn S Lippert and Sal A Jepson Breast Cancer Research Endowment Fund which provides a yearly grant to fund breast cancer research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. fredhutch.org/lynnlippert
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