Richard Alan Lipson, 73


MARLBORO, Mass. – Richard Lipson died May 29. He was a broadcast engineer who spent most of his professional career as chief engineer of WLVI Channel 56 in Boston, Mass.

Responsible for constructing some of the very first radio towers in the Boston area, he was a member of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers. When AMPEX Corporation in New Jersey needed a small group of talented engineers to develop a machine to allow television stations to display station logos on the screens while broadcasting, he was called to help develop the machine.

Born in Fall River, Mass. on July 14, 1939, he was a son of the late Israel and Celia (Davidson) Lipson. With his siblings and other family members, he grew up working in the family business, Bertha’s Bake Shop, the only kosher bakery in Fall River, Mass.

After attending Durfee High School, he went into the Air Force and later attended Ward School of Engineering at the University of Hartford, and took his first engineering job at United Technologies Corporation.

He leaves his wife Judi (Flynn); daughter Tracy Seablom (Steve) of Lakeville, Mass.; daughter Jill Mastrianni (Michael) of Sismbury, Conn.; son Kenneth Lipson of Middleboro, Mass.; sister Barbara Cleinman of Fall River; sister Janet Weissman (Jeff) of Fall River; grandchildren Josh, Allyson, Molly, Adam and Lea and many nieces and nephews.  He was the brother of the late Barry Lipson.

Contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.