Friday, December 29, 2017

Abby Lippman, former McGill epidemiologist, dead at 78

My former McGill colleague Abby Lippman has died. I will always appreciate her support during our battles over the Markingson case.

The Montreal Gazette writes:

Abby Lippman – a pioneering feminist, human-rights activist and former McGill University epidemiologist who warned about the dangers of hormone replacement therapy, among other topics in women’s health – died on Tuesday, surrounded by her family.

“My mother was absolutely wonderful – loving, caring and generous,” her son, Chris Hand, told the Montreal Gazette Thursday evening.

Hand said his mother died of natural causes.

Although Lippman retired from McGill’s department of epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational health several years ago, she continued to assist students as a professor emeritus. Lippman was equally renowned for championing social causes as she was for her insightful critiques of reproductive technologies and other medical topics.

Friends and colleagues paid tribute to Lippman on Facebook, describing her as an “ardent advocate” for women’s health.

“She was active in many community organizations and a tireless defender of human rights,” colleague Karen Messing wrote.

Geneviève Rail, a professor at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University, lamented “losing my office partner and role model.”

“She was behind every progressive cause,” Rail said, noting Lippman’s involvement in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement directed at Israel.

The rest of the article is here.

A nice appreciation by Ken Monteith is here.

She will be missed.

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