Anita Lippman

December 15, 1939March 13, 2019

Anita Toby Lippman passed away March 13, 2019, surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her father, Abe Hechter and her mother Ruth, and her two brothers Charles and Jody. She leaves behind her beloved husband, Dick, her three sons, Jon (Jenny), Mike, Jeff and her grandson Sam (Ally), granddaughter Sofie, stepsons, Rick (Diana) and Jim (Josephine), and step-granddaughters Hannah and Zoey and many, many friends.

Anita was a high-school theater and drama teacher for 35 years at Chaminade and Brentwood High School. She produced a play and a musical every year. Her basic sense of equality inspired her to use colorblind casting very early in her career.

Her basic instinct in life was to help others and that’s exactly what she did. She taught theater, but she also taught her students to have confidence in themselves, to believe they could succeed, how to talk and how to deal with the problems of growing up.

Her family and friends know that their lives will be never be the same.

Visitation Friday, March 15, 10:00 am at Berger Memorial Chapel, 9430 Olive Blvd. followed by funeral service at 11:30 am. Interment Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, 7500 Olive Blvd.


  • Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Interment Following Service Friday, March 15, 2019

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Joyce Robey

March 16, 2019

Dick and family,
I am so sorry to learn of Anita’s passing.
I’ve had the pleasure to be with you and Anita at Janet and Brad’s home several times. You have been truly blessed to have this beautiful woman in your life, Anita was beautiful inside and out.
Please know our thoughts are with you.
Joyce Robey (Janet’s Mom) and Merl Daniel

Elizabeth Watt

March 15, 2019

Ah...the dear dear Ms Lippman!

My mom died when I was 10, but I will never forget the moment when the grief first hit me with it's full power. It was November 1995, seven years after she died, and I stood in the courtyard the hour before a performance of Anne Frank, and life's fleeting nature, the deeply unfair fact of mortality, landed square on my chest. I was so overwhelmed by sobs that didn't think I could go on. And then Ms Lippman's arms were around me and her fingers clutched me so tightly it almost hurt...but in a good way. And she talked into my ear, and I don't remember what she said, but it was the murmur of a mother's comfort, guiding me back to the present moment.

I am so thankful that she appeared in my life when she did. I was fifteen when she brought her fiery spirit to Brentwood and I was so ready for a mentor and friend, and for someone who thought I was good, maybe even great, at something. I grew in confidence under her care and I learned to take pride in my work. I found theatre at Brentwood and I've never changed direction! I'm still working in the theatre and loving my work. I perform when I can and I direct and teach young women at an all girls' high school in Los Angeles.

Ms Lippman took care of and inspired my little brothers too, and I will also never forget the first time I saw them up on the Brentwood stage in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, glowing as they sung their songs in these booming powerful singing voices that I had never heard in quite that way before!

She held space for so many of us to be expressive and to feel deeply, to play hard, to be goofy, to care about something powerful.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Ms Lippman for your imprint upon me. Your love and care are still working in me, and are playing out in how I teach my classes, in how I direct my shows, in how I mother my children.

Pam Ford

March 14, 2019

So many memories of Anita during her years at BHS...she was such a presence and influence. She created an amazing opportunity for all of our students to experience "theatre" in all of its aspects. I especially remember her work with the deaf and hard of hearing students who participated in the musicals. She expected excellence from her students, and taught them that with hard work, persistence, and self discipline, they could accomplish far more than they ever thought possible. She will remain in the hearts and minds of many. It was a privilege to know her.

My sympathy and prayers go to her family, who brought great joy to her life .

Pam Ford

Duan First

March 14, 2019

Sending my prayers and condolences to the family.
I'm truly thankful to Mrs. Lippman for educating my daughter Kennedy and helping her find your voice.

Rest Easy

Duan and Kennedy First

Hillary Thompson

March 14, 2019

I gave up sports my last year in high school and joined theatre. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner! Mrs. Lippman taught me so much about theatre and myself. She helped encourage and push me to not care what people think of me. I was able to let loose in her class and truly be myself. From the moment I walked in to her classroom I was constantly smiling and laughing. I ended up continuing theatre in college and took what I learned from her to help get me through the hard times when I didn’t get picked for a certain part in a play that I really, really wanted. I believe I am a better person because of Mrs. Lippman. She will be greatly missed.

Debbie Corbin

March 14, 2019

Anita's energy was contagious. I remember a particular bus trip to International Thespian Festival, in Lincoln, Nebraska, around 2007. It was an "all Missouri bus" and Anita kept us going, with stories, ideas, and questions. She did not monopolize the conversation, but asked questions and probed ideas. At the end of the day, I felt so energized. Throughout the week's festivities, her focus was on "What are the kids getting from this experience?" I learned so much from her.
From Debbie Corbin, retired Missouri theatre teacher, Missouri Thespians, Educational Theatre Association

Lori Schwartz

March 14, 2019

Anita was my beloved aunt. She was my only maternal aunt, so when I called her, I would ask to speak to " My favorite aunt on my mother's side." We shared our love of books, movies and theatre. She and my Uncle were so in love

R.I.P lovely lady. I miss you already

Lauren Fryman (Neilson)

March 13, 2019

Thank you for everything, Mrs. Lippman. For your wisdom, strength, guidance, humor, support, love and kindness. For teaching us so much, on and off the stage. I am so very lucky to have been one of your students and I would not have made it through high school without you in my corner. I love and miss you dearly...

Michelle Hand

March 13, 2019

Anita directed me as a high schooler in productions of The Sting and The Odd Couple—she filled the room with joy and enthusiasm and an unwavering belief in us and our abilities—she called all of us sweetheart and laughed every time we did a bit, no matter how many times she had watched it before. I loved every moment i spent in her generous company and i am so so glad i was lucky enough to know her. Sending my deepest condolences to her family.