LIPSHIRES, Sidney

LIPSHIRES, Sidney

Male 1919 - 2011  (91 years)

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  • Name LIPSHIRES, Sidney  [1
    Born 15 Apr 1919  Baltimore, Baltimore (city), Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Died 6 Jan 2011  West Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 10 Jan 2011  Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Congregation B'nai Israel Cemetery
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    • BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF SIDNEY LIPSHIRES:

      Born on April 15, 1919 in Baltimore, Maryland to David and Minnie Lipshires, Sidney was raised in Northampton, Massachusetts where his father owned two shoe stores, David Boot Shop and The Bootery. He attended the Massachusetts State College for one year before transferring to the University of Chicago and was awarded a BA in economics in 1940. His years at the University of Chicago were transformative, Lipshires became politically active there and joined the Communist Party in 1939. Following graduation in 1941, he married Shirley Dvorin, a student in early childhood education; together they had two sons, Ellis and Bernard. Lipshires returned to western Massachusetts with his young family in the early 1940s, working as a labor organizer. He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946 working as a clerk and interpreter with a medical battalion in France for over a year. Returning home, he ran for city alderman in Springfield on the Communist Party ticket in 1947. Lipshires married his second wife, Joann Breen Klein, in 1951 and on May 29, 1956, the same day his daughter Lisa was born, he was arrested under the Smith Act for his Communist Party activities. Before his case was brought to trial, the Smith Act was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Disillusioned with the Communist Party, he severed his ties with it in 1957, but continued to remain active in organized labor for the rest of his life. Earning his masters in 1965 and Ph.D. in 1971, Lipshires taught history at Manchester Community College in Connecticut for thirty years. During that time he worked with other campus leaders to establish a statewide union for teachers and other community college professionals, an experience he wrote about in his book, Giving Them Hell: How a College Professor Organized and Led a Successful Statewide Union. Sidney Lipshires died on January 6, 2011 at the age of 91.
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      OBITUARY - THE HARTFORD COURANT, 8 JAN 2011:

      LIPSHIRES, Sidney S. Sidney S. Lipshires, 91, died peacefully on Thursday, (January 6, 2011) at the Hebrew Home Hospital. Sid was born on April 15, 1919 in Baltimore, Maryland, to David M. Lipshires and Minnie S. (Alberts) Lipshires. When he was four years old, his family moved to Northampton, Massachusetts. Sid graduated from Northampton High School in 1936, with prizes in mathematics and science. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1940 with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 1941, Sid married Shirley Dvorin. From 1943 to 1946, he served in the United States Army as a French interpreter. In 1947, he ran for city alderman in Springfield, Massachusetts, on the Communist Party ticket. In 1951, Sid married his second wife, Joann Klein Breen. While managing a shoe store in New Britain, Sid earned a master's degree in history from Trinity College. In 1966, he began a 30-year career as a history teacher at Manchester Community College. He earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Connecticut in 1977. His doctoral dissertation was published as a book entitled, Herbert Marcuse: from Marx to Freud and Beyond. Sid helped establish the Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges, a statewide union for teachers and other community college professionals. He served as president of the 4 C's, as it is known today, for 18 consecutive years. Sid was known for his intelligence, humor, and unflagging energy. He had a gift for languages and loved to travel. He also appreciated art and gourmet food. Among his friends, he was known as a wise counselor and a sympathetic listener. Sid will be deeply missed by many, including his son Ellis Edmonds of Brooklyn, New York, his son Bernard Edmonds of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, his daughter Lisa Lipshires of Greenfield, Massachusetts, and his sister Evelyn Lyons of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Sid also leaves three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a niece, and two nephews. A graveside funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, (January 10) at the Congregation B'nai Israel Cemetery on North King Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sid's honor to The Schepens Eye Research Institute, 20 Staniford Street, Boston, MA 02114.
    • (Research):SIDNEY LIPSHIRES PAPERS AT UMASS ARCHIVES SPECIAL COLLECTIONS:

      1940s-2011. 5 boxes (3.5 linear feet)

      Ranging from an autobiographical account that outlines his development as an activist (prepared in anticipation of a trial for conspiracy charges under the Smith Act) to drafts and notes relating to his book Giving Them Hell, the Sidney Lipshires Papers offers an overview of his role in the Communist Party and as a labor organizer. The collection also contains his testimony in a 1955 public hearing before the Special Commission to Study and Investigate Communism and Subversive Activities, photographs, and biographical materials.

      Subjects: Communism--United States--History. Communists--Massachusetts. Labor movement--United States--History--20th century. Labor unions--United States--Officials and employees--Biography. Contributors Lipshires, Sidney. Types of material Photographs. Call no.: MS 730 View related collections: Civil rights, Cold War culture, Communism & Socialism, Labor, Massachusetts (West), Photographs, Political activism, Social change, World War II :: No Comments (Source=http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/umarmot/?p=4763)

    Spouse BREEN, Joann,   b. 24 Feb 1921, Hanover, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 2004, , , New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1951 
    Children 
     1. Living

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Apr 1919 - Baltimore, Baltimore (city), Maryland, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Jan 2011 - West Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 10 Jan 2011 - Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    209 unkn Sidney Lipshires headshot
    209 unkn Sidney Lipshires headshot
    Photo from web site of the UMASS Special Collections and University Archives.[Source=http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/umarmot/?p=4763]
    209 unkn Sidney Lipshires
    209 unkn Sidney Lipshires
    Photo from web site of the UMASS Special Collections and University Archives.[Source=http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/umarmot/?p=4763]

    Documents
    209 unkn Sidney Lipshires papers at UMASS
    209 unkn Sidney Lipshires papers at UMASS
    Description of the Sidney Lipshires papers at UMASS Amherst University Archives.

    News
    209 2011 Sidney Lipshires obit Hartford Courant
    209 2011 Sidney Lipshires obit Hartford Courant
    Sidney Lipshires obituary printed in The Hartford Courant on 8 Jan 2011.

  • Sources 
    1. [S14] 1940 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.), Year: 1940; Census Place: Northampton, Hampshire, Massachus etts; Roll: T627_1600; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 8-47. (Reliability: 3).
      209 1940 US Census Sidney Lipshires household
      209 1940 US Census Sidney Lipshires household
      Year: 1940; Census Place: Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1600; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 8-47.


    2. [S175] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Inc., (Databases. http://www.findagrave.com/), Find A Grave Memorial# 64504691; accessed 5 Jun 2012 (Reliability: 3).