Dr. Martin Chipman

June 16, 1930February 12, 2021

Dr. Martin Chipman passed away peacefully on February 12, 2021 at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was 90 years old and lived a remarkable life. Beloved by family and friends, he will be missed dearly. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 16th, 1930 he was the oldest child to Naomi and Nathan Chipman. Martin excelled personally and professionally. He had a classic education from Harvard University where he graduated cum laude. After a short stint in the Air Force, he entered Baylor College of Medicine. Martin served 38 years in the military, both Air Force and Army, focusing on medical and other research and development, patient care, and education. His diverse assignments brought him and his family to Thailand, Israel, and multiple locations in the U.S. After a prestigious career in the military, he retired as a Colonel and practiced neurology in private practice and at the veteran's administration hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina for another 24 years.

Known for his social personality, compassion and sense of humor, Martin was an avid tennis player into his seventies and had a prodigious appetite to read on nearly every subject, particularly history and biographies. A true night owl, he enjoyed admiring his stamp collection, watching movies, and reading late into many evenings. His favorite snacks were chips, ice cream and pickles, which delighted his children and grandchildren. His spirit of adventure was reflected in his joy of traveling, for both work and pleasure; he visited almost every country in Europe and Asia.

He once said, “It’s been great fun, at times frustrating, but always awesome, exhilarating and above all, a great privilege living all these decades.”

Martin’s greatest legacy is his family. He will be forever remembered and loved by his extraordinary wife, Sandra Pluta Chipman; his children, Dawn Chipman (Peter), Peter Chipman (Lisa), Cy Chipman (Rebecca), Seth Chipman (Jeanne) and Joseph Chipman (Nancy). He will also be lovingly remembered by his sisters, Shirley Keezing and Barbara Wizansky; and his grandchildren: Jack, Andrew, Luke, Jonah, Cairo and Nylah.

A funeral service following Covid restrictions will be held at 12:30 pm at the Hebrew Cemetery on February 21, 2021. You can view/review the ceremony over Facebook Live at the link on this webpage's service tile or at:

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Martin’s name to the North Carolina Muscular Dystrophy Association (


  • Graveside Service/Livestream at Hebrew Cemetery Favebook Site

    Sunday, February 21, 2021



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Janet Bowdan

February 24, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss. I always thought of Martin as one of the lovable, brilliant, funny adults that were part of my parents' inner circle, that is, part of the family I love. Even though I didn't see him much, he was so frequently part of the conversation--my dad's stories, Shirley's--always to be counted on...and it is a grief to lose him, though a gift to have had him for so long.

Peter Marshall

February 24, 2021

An homage and appreciation of my lifetime friend and mentor...
As I look back at my life, I can identify with clarity one person who, more than any other made a difference in the path I chose in my life and the person and professional that I have become. That person was Marty Chipman.
I met Marty in the summer of 1965 when I traveled to Southeast Asia to spend a “gap year” with my family in Thailand. My father was a civilian scientist and Marty was a Captain in the medical corps, both assigned to SEATO Laboratory in Bangkok performing medical research. I was 20 years old, and I had struggled during my first two years of college which caused me to question the wisdom of my lifelong and strongly held plan to become a physician.
Marty sensed my interest in medicine and invited me to follow him when he made rounds at the hospital. This was the first time in my life that I had a chance to see what doctors really do, and I could not have asked for a better mentor! Watching Marty making his rounds made a deep and lasting impression on me. He was an exemplar of the best and highest standards, values and culture in medicinal care. He was unfailingly polite, conscious of patients privacy and autonomy, and he showed me by example the importance of listening to the patient, carefully examining the patient and through it all showing compassion and empathy for their suffering and their illness. For Marty, the patient always came first! [There is much more to this memory but unfortunately, the word count in this space is limited.]

Tommer Wizansky

February 21, 2021

My memories of Martin are mostly those of a child spending time with a beloved uncle. And, yet, I remember with crystal clarity the intelligence, warmth, kindness and laughter. He was indeed beloved and my thoughts and love go out to his family and friends.

Lisa Wilson and Jane Lubischer

February 21, 2021

Thank you, Uncle Martin.

Thank you for so many fond memories. Visiting Aunt Sandra and Uncle Martin and (a very young) Joseph in Maryland when I was a kid. Gathering for Thanksgiving at Fort Bragg and for so many celebrations at Figure Eight. And later, you and Sandra making the trek to visit with us in Fuquay Varina for the holidays.

Thank you for so many wonderful conversations, for your graciousness, your great smile, your wonderful laugh. Thank you for being such a kind and loving presence in our lives, and for welcoming us into your life as well.

Thank you for your many kindnesses, especially honoring Dzadzu’s memory by carrying on our Polish tradition of a Christmas Eve blessing – that meant the world to us.

Yours was truly a life well-lived, and we miss you dearly.

Lisa & Jane

ilya semionoff

February 21, 2021

Dear Sandy,

I received the news from Joseph and we are so sorry for your loss. My heart is completely broken. But it was a privilege to know Martin and he is for me a reference of education and way of life.
I will alway be in admiration and never forget each word he told us.
I would love so much to give you a hug even stronger that the last one we shared almost 9 years ago after Joseph and Nancy weeding.
I spoke with alain and Lucette, they share the same pain.
We will be online the next 21fr .

Ana, ilya & Xavier

Judy Wilson Ginger Humphrey

February 20, 2021

It was such an exciting, cold and snowy day, 46 years ago when Martin married our sister Sandra in Syracuse, New York. Shortly after that their travels around the world began. Our times together were somewhat limited because of his various assignments while in the Army. We were excited when his final Army position was at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville. Since all of Sandra’s family lives in Wilmington, we would finally be able to spend more time together. That’s when we began to realize what a special addition Martin was to our family.

When we did gather together for special occasions, Martin was the star of the show. He always wanted to know what was happening in our lives and we wanted to hear about the latest books he read and the stories about all his travels. There was never any dull conversation when he was around. Martin really appreciated different family traditions. He was always eager to participate in our very special Polish Christmas Eve Dinner Celebration. Being the oldest, he gave a blessing to each family member and then we enjoyed delicious food and wonderful conversation as we shared family memories.

It was great to have our sister and Martin nearby as we all grew older together and began to experience many life changes. As medical issues arose at various time, Martin was always available to listen, talk, and make sure we received the best medical care. He would consult with our doctors and help us to better understand the problems. When our parents and other family members died, his compassion and support helped all of us to move forward with our lives.

Martin had such a zest for life and wanted to engage fully with all the people around him. He touched everyone deeply with his joyful spirit, kind words of wisdom, and very special love.

Judy Wilson
Ginger Humphrey

Alain Semionoff

February 20, 2021

To the Chipman family ,
Sometimes Lucette and I, we remember and speak about the few days you have past with us during your short tour in France.

It was an happy time.

Now we are sad. We share your pain.

Tomorrow Sunday 21, Lucette and I shall be with you in the memory of Martin.


Lucette and Alain.

Nabila Kelada

February 20, 2021

Deepest condolences, may God repose his soul and grant the family peace.

Joe Chisholm

February 19, 2021

Dr. Martin Chipman and I first met during the summer of 1945. We enjoyed together with friends the boyhood games of our era, and our friendship was vital to one another for 76 years. He was a graduate of the Norwood (Mass.) Senior High School, class of 1948 with honors. Each of us were members of the tennis team and played in singles and doubles. He loved the sport, and many of his placements were winners - always when needed. Marty was recognized by his classmates as a superlative friend and student, with fine marks in English, Latin, Algebra and Geometry. He graduated from Harvard College cum laude - starting a series of accomplishments which only ended during his final days. His devotion and love to family and friends etched in our memories, are part of our souls and shall never end. (photo is Marty and Joe at a Norwood High School reunion.)

Todd Morton

February 19, 2021

I said a prayer for you, that God would touch you with his healing hands and give you comfort, support and peace you need to get through. We are so sorry for your loss and wanted to reach out to you to let you know we are here for you.