H. Allan Lipsitz, 64

Adult education director

February 24, 2007

H. Allan Lipsitz, a retired teacher who became a director of adult education at Beth El Congregation, died Feb. 17 of a heart attack at his Pikesville home. He was 64.

in Baltimore and raised in Ashburton, he was a 1959 City College graduate and earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1963 from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also earned three master's degrees, the first from Maryland and two others from the Johns Hopkins University. They included studies in English, education and liberal arts.

He taught English at Milford Mill High School for 13 years and then became an academic adviser in continuing studies at Towson University. He also started an Elderhostel program at Towson. He retired after 30 years of teaching.

About a decade ago, he became director of adult education at Beth El Congregation, a post he held at his death. He designed and taught classes on Judaism and other topics. He led trips and arranged lectures.

"He was a lifelong student and a voracious reader," said his son, David Kiran Lipsitz, a student of the University of Maryland, College Park. "He was a master of the lost art of the thank-you note. He was an eloquent writer."

Services were held Monday at Beth El Congregation.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 25 years, the former Gail Emily Josephson, a marketing coordinator at Jewish Family Services; a sister, Joan Levin of Sarasota, Fla.; and a niece and two nephews.

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