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In Memoriam - Carl Seiple and Thomas Lipinski

September 18, 2018 8:23 AM | Patrick Walters (Administrator)

We are sad to announce the passing of two wonderful friends and colleagues at Kutztown and Edinboro. Both universities lost great professors this week, Kutztown's Carl Seiple and Edinboro's Thomas Lipinski.  EAPSU sends its very best to both universities as they mourn the loss of these two wonderful people.


We were very sad to learn that Kutztown has lost a respected colleague, and long time member of EAPSU, with the passing of Carl Seiple on Sunday morning.  He will be greatly missed by everyone at Kutztown, and all who knew him though his work with EAPSU.  Carl worked tirelessly to foster and strengthen the connections made at EAPSU, and he will be greatly missed.  Carl was an excellent professor, and a generous, supportive colleague.  Here is information about the service to celebrate his life this coming Saturday:

A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, September 22nd, at 10:00am at Stephens Funeral Home, 274 N. Krocks Rd, Allentown, PA. Visitation will begin at 10:00am, with the service starting at 11:00am.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to American Red Cross or American Cancer Society. 


Mr. Lipinski, assistant professor of English and Philosophy, joined the faculty of what was then the English and Theatre Arts Department in 2000 as a full-time, temporary instructor. He was appointed to a tenure-track position the following year, and was granted tenure in 2006. From 2011 to 2014, he served as department chair.

Well-liked by students, Mr. Lipinski taught freshman composition, creative writing, screenwriting and advanced screenwriting. A Pittsburgh native, Mr. Lipinski was a published author of crime and detective fiction whose stories were often set in his beloved hometown. He won the Shamus Award for “Death in the Steel City.” The award is given by the Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) for the best detective fiction genre novels and short stories of the year.

At the time of his death, Mr. Lipinski was working on a new novel set in Pittsburgh in 1955, which told the story of a blacklisted attorney.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. in Sharon, Pa. and have not yet been announced.

We all join Professor Lipinski’s family, colleagues and friends in mourning the loss of this beloved member of our campus community whose contributions to Edinboro University were greatly valued.  He will be missed.

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