Joan Litowich Lipson

July 26, 1928November 11, 2013

Joan Lipson, art patron, philanthropist and adventurer died peacefully on Monday, the 11th of November, 2013 at her residence in Atlanta. Joan dedicated her life to her family and the community both locally and internationally. Born on the 26th of July, 1928 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Joan graduated from St. Mary’s in Southbend, Indiana, earned her pilot’s license at age 16, and then attended Interlochen and afterward the University of Michigan where she majored in music as a violinist. After college, Joan organized her father, Harry Litowich’s successful campaign for the Michigan State Senate. In 1961, she moved with her husband, Nathan, to Atlanta where she soon became involved in the Atlanta Symphony. Joan served on the boards of The High Museum of Art, The Atlanta Opera, The Atlanta Symphony, The American Jewish Committee and was very involved in the AIDS community. Joan cofounded the Israeli International Music Festival and with her husband Nathan, established the ORT International Exchange program. Along with her husband and children, Joan traveled a large portion of the globe and developed lifelong relationships with people from around the world. She lived an extraordinary life with her true love, Nathan, her children, grandchildren and her dear friend and caregiver, Barbara Tovieku. The family would also like to thank her other caregivers, Margie Spencer and Ruby Brooks as well as Weinstein Hospice. Joan is preceded in death by her husband, Nathan, her beloved son, Michael and her sister, Marjorie Benish. Joan is survived by her children, Dan and Sara and their spouses, Sue and John, her grandchildren, Mimi and Michelle Lipson and Abby and Michael Shlesinger as well as her step-grandchildren, Christopher and Andrew Lowell. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to ORT America, INC, 2200 Century Parkway, Suite 550 Atlanta, GA 30345 or a charity of your choice. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, the 13th of November at two o’clock at Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbi Peter Berg officiating.


  • Graveside Services Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Joan Litowich Lipson

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S. M.

November 21, 2013

I was very saddened to hear about Joan's passing. She truly lived. May you and your loved ones find comfort in the promise found in Is. 25:8. May the God of all comfort continue to be with you during this difficult time.


November 15, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Christina Washington

November 14, 2013

Very saddened about the loss of Joan Lipson. Our condolences to her family. Joan was a truly special person.
Keith and Christina Washington

V Austin [ Romans 15: 4 ]

November 13, 2013

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

jim chambers

November 13, 2013

Joan is, was and always will be a great lady. i am honored to have known her and to have been loved by her, Nathan, Michael, Sara and Daniel. thank you and bless you all for creating the Lipson household. i love you Joan. i treasure your family. your presence and grace will always be with me. i love you Sara. i love you Daniel.

November 13, 2013

Danny - So sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family will be in our prayers. Scott and Mindi Miller