Thomas Kipps Obituary

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Dr. Thomas Charles Kipps

February 28, 1923 - March 10, 2014
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Thomas Charles Kipps was born February 28, 1923, in Eureka City, Utah, the oldest of five children, to Winifred and Albert Edward Kipps. He died Monday, March 10, 2014, at his home, surrounded by family. He served in the United States Army's Signal Corps during WWII in Northern France and the Rhineland. An enlisted man for eleven months, he was then commissioned to Cryptographic Officer. He was discharged in November 1946 as First Lieutenant. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a BA, MA, and PhD in Mathematics. While at UC Berkeley, he met his future wife, Anne Lorraine. They were married in 1948 and...
Thomas Charles Kipps was born February 28, 1923, in Eureka City, Utah, the oldest of five children, to Winifred and Albert Edward Kipps. He died Monday, March 10, 2014, at his home, surrounded by family.
He served in the United States Army's Signal Corps during WWII in Northern France and the Rhineland. An enlisted man for eleven months, he was then commissioned to Cryptographic Officer. He was discharged in November 1946 as First Lieutenant.
He attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a BA, MA, and PhD in Mathematics. While at UC Berkeley, he met his future wife, Anne Lorraine. They were married in 1948 and settled in Fresno in 1956. Tom became Professor of Mathematics at California State University, Fresno, where he taught for 36 years until his retirement in 1992. He cultivated a lifelong interest in computers and programming languages, and is credited for bringing computers to "Fresno State" in the 1960s, and for creating the Computer Center on campus back when students ran FORTRAN programs on mainframe computers using punched cards.
Tom and Anne reared four children and hosted many foreign exchange students. They instilled in their children a love of life and learning, reflected in the Kipps family motto, "HAVE FUN AND LEARN LOTS." Pop was a loving father, brilliant, funny, kind, honest, the best. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren.
Tom was a devout Roman Catholic, member of the St. Paul Newman Center parish since its creation 50 years ago, and Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He and Anne made pilgrimages to Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorje, Garabandal, and the Holy Land. He was a ham radio operator for over 75 years, operating under the extra class license of KA6Z, and was a Quarter Century Member of the Fresno Amateur Radio Club. He was also active in the Boy Scouts of America and, as Scout Master of Troop 88, led his troop on 50-mile hikes across the High Sierra.

His spirit and sense of humor, especially his fondness for punning, did not yield to the effects of Parkinson's disease, which worsened steadily after Anne's death in 2009.
Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Anne, brother Albert Edward, and nephew Randall James Kipps.
He is survived by his brother Harry and wife Barbara; sisters Haidee "Dee" Schlecht and Muriel Clausen and husband Bertin; and his children David Leo Kipps, MD, and wife Margo of Santa Cruz, Thomas James Kipps, MD, PhD, and wife Janet of San Diego, Mary Louise Lindae, MD, and husband Detlev Lindae, PhD, of Fresno, and Jo Anne Lorraine Kipps, Registered Civil Engineer, and husband, Dirk van der Elst, PhD, of Fresno. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren: Alaina Kipps, MD, Corinne Clawson, Marielle Evans, Kristen Kipps, MD, Julianne and Lauren Kipps, and Eric and Peter Lindae; two great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family thanks Dr. Steven Chooljian for his excellent care of Pop during his final years, and Deacon Bill Lucido of the St. Paul Newman Center parish for his devotion during Pop's final months.

Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Fresno, on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. followed by Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Paul Newman Center.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Paul Newman Center on Friday, March 21, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Saint Peter's Cemetery, Fresno, California.

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