Inge Schloss Lehmann
Inge Lehmann, our wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away Feb. 13 in her apartment in San Francisco.
Our mom was passionate about life and was a loyal and dedicated friend to people important to her. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was a gracious hostess. A longtime San Francisco resident, she, along with her husband, the late Gary Lehmann, enjoyed many weekends boating on the bay with friends and family. She loved to travel, going to the symphony and building the “house on the hill” with her husband.
Inge is survived by her two daughters, Debbie Lucchesi and Yvonne Hunter; her adored granddaughter, Chana Schames; caring son-in-law, Jeff Lucchesi; wonderful sister-in-law, Joan Schloss; and nephews and nieces Jeff and Melody Schloss and their family, Ron Schloss, Bob Schloss, Linda and Ray Philbin, and Connie Benesch.
For those who wish to honor our mother’s memory, donations may be made to the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet, the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning or a charity of your choice.
A memorial service was held in the chapel at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.
Paul W. Vapnek
Feb. 22, 1929–Feb. 28, 2015
Died peacefully in his sleep in San Francisco. Warm, kind, brilliant, and a giant of the legal profession who continued working until the end of his life, he was devoted to his wife, Pearl Coren Vapnek, whom he married on July 11, 1954, and who had a long and distinguished career as a textbook editor. He was immensely proud of his son Jonathan, a urologist and medical school professor in New York City, and his daughter Jessica, a lawyer and international development expert in San Francisco. His grandson David, age 10, brought him tremendous happiness and pride. Paul loved and admired David’s dads, Sean SeLegue and Richard Zuniga.
In addition to his brother-in-law Harry Coren, sister-in-law Judi Levine, and other relatives in California, Paul is survived by his sister Sylvia Arbesfeld, sister-in-law Susan Vapnek Pollack of Florida and many beloved nieces and nephews, including Mark and Nina Arbesfeld; Gail and Steve May; Evan, Gillian, Peter, Bari, and Brett Vapnek; Rebecca Coren, Devra and Wolfgang Moehler; and their families. Paul was preceded in death by his brother David.
Paul earned a mechanical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1951, and a dozen years later, after military service during the Korean conflict and a career as an engineer, Paul earned a law degree at night from the University of San Francisco Law School. He clerked for Judge William Sweigert of the federal district court and then joined the Townsend law firm where he practiced for half a century.
He was the author of numerous articles and books on ethics and intellectual property, taught at Hastings College of the Law, Boalt Hall College of Law, and USF School of Law, and mentored countless students and lawyers. His extensive volunteer work with the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Legal Aid Society was recognized in 2013 when Paul was awarded the state bar’s triennial Harry B. Sondheim Professional Responsibility Award. The award highlighted Paul’s immense contributions to the legal profession in California, including editing the California Compendium of Professional Responsibility, helping establish the state bar’s ethics hotline, and co-writing the Rutter Group’s treatise on professional responsibility.
Paul contributed his time and energy to numerous organizations, including by serving on boards or committees of Congregation Emanu-El, the Legal Aid Society, the Democratic Forum, the State Bar of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Paul lived a long life that exemplified hard work, loyalty, charity, and integrity, and he will be sorely missed. His legacy lives on in his intellectual work and more importantly, in his family.
Paul would have welcomed donations to Jewish Family and Children’s Services, USF School of Law or the Legal Aid Society.
Funeral services were held.
Sinai Memorial Chapel
Patricia Jayne Zippin
Local artist Patricia Jayne Zippin passed away at home in Tiburon on Feb. 14, 2015 with her family at her side. The cause was breast cancer. She was born to Ben and Dorothy Schubert in Ontario, Oregon on Jan. 5, 1930. She lived in Idaho during her formative years and showed early artistic promise. She also became an accomplished swimmer and was Idaho state diving champion.
Her artistic career was enhanced with study at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. In the 1950s, she also studied at the Academie Julian in Paris and the Philadelphia Museum School of Art.
Pat returned to the Bay Area in 1960 and worked in the Berkeley office of Clark Kerr, president of the University of California, when she met and married Calvin Zippin of the U.C. faculty. She became affiliated for a number of years with the Sight & Insight Art Center of Anne and Dick O’Hanlon in Mill Valley. For many years, she maintained her own studio and showed her work in the Industrial Center Building in Sausalito where her emphasis was on creation of abstract acrylic works of art. She had a number of one-woman shows in the Bay Area and beyond. She traveled widely, having lived for extended periods of time in Morocco, Paris and London, and visited many other parts of the world.
Pat Zippin’s immediate family consists of her husband, son Dr. David Zippin, daughter Jennifer (Greg) Kontzer and granddaughter Emma Jayne Kontzer. She was predeceased by her sister Virginia.
A celebration of Pat’s life will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15 at Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive in Tiburon. Donations in Pat’s memory may be given to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice.