Richard Lippe, a well-regarded doctor of endocrinology at UPMC Shadyside, died unexpectedly Monday at his home in Squirrel Hill at age 77.
The cause was an apparent heart attack.
Dr. Lippe was on the staff at Shadyside for more than 40 years and, until this year, had spent the last decade as chairman of the hospital's quality control committee.
He was held in high esteem by colleagues for his competence and by patients for his compassion.
"He was a very well-respected endocrinologist. He had an excellent reputation in the community," said Fred Rubin, chief of medicine at Shadyside.
Dr. Lippe grew up in Aliquippa, the son of legendary Aliquippa high school football and basketball coach Nate Lippe. The family later moved to Beaver Falls, where Dr. Lippe graduated from Beaver Falls High School. He and his older sister, Joanne, were exceptional students with a scientific bent.
Dr. Lippe studied physics and chemistry at Penn State University, where he met his future wife, Ann, in 1957. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and did his residency in internal medicine at Montefiore Hospital in Oakland.
From 1966 to 1968, he also served with the U.S. Public Health Service on Staten Island, where the couple's son Craig was born. He and his family returned to Pittsburgh in June 1968, and he began his internal medicine practice. A daughter, Lisa Ann, was born the following year.
Throughout his career, Dr. Lippe was known for his kindness and his ability to talk to people. "He was loved by his family, his patients and many friends," said Mrs. Lippe, 74.
In his spare time he enjoyed golf, a game he had taken up largely for its social appeal.
"He was a people-person," said his wife. "He knew everybody everywhere. He knew exactly what to say to them."
Dr. Lippe also is survived by his children, Dr. Craig Lippe of Wilmington, N.C., and Lisa Ann Moreland of Charlotte, N.C..
Dr. Lippe was buried Wednesday at West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation.
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