COLFAX, N.C. -- Larry Lee Hipp, M.D., of River Landing at Sandy Ridge, Colfax, N.C., passed away quietly, surrounded by family, on July 24, 2014, at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, N.C. Friends and family are invited to join in a memorial service at Starmount Presbyterian Church in Greensboro on Tuesday, August 12 at 1 p.m.
Larry was the younger son of the late Raymond H. and the late Marvelle M. (Rettig) Hipp, born on the kitchen table of their home in Holgate, Ohio on Oct. 1, 1936. He maintained lifelong contact with loved ones in the area.
Marking the start of many travels to come, Larry moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1954, where he worked his way through college and medical school at The Ohio State University. During this time, he met and married the love of his life, Julia Heidorn, in 1958. Upon earning his M.D. in 1962, the pair moved to Denver, Colo. for Larry's internship, then to a Navajo reservation in Shiprock, N.M. in 1963 for a two-year assignment with the Public Health Service. By this point the proud father of twin sons, Larry moved his family back to Ohio in 1965 to be closer to family, entering private practice in Granville, Ohio. He pursued an additional M.S. and residency in occupational/preventive medicine at The Ohio State University's Department of Preventive Medicine, where he also was an instructor in the Division of Community Health. In 1970 Larry joined the Western Electric Company's Columbus Works as staff physician, beginning a 26-year career with Western Electric/AT&T. Through those years he performed various roles, serving as medical director of the Hawthorne Works in Chicago, Ill. and later at the Ohio Manufacturing and Bell Labs Facility in Columbus; as the associate general medical director of AT&T Technologies in Greensboro, N.C.; and eventually progressing to the role of corporate medical director of AT&T at the company's international headquarters in Basking Ridge, N.J. After leaving AT&T in 1996, Larry returned to the Chicago area to serve as vice president for managed care at the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Finally Larry retired ("for real this time") and returned to North Carolina.
We could fill pages listing Larry's career accomplishments, fellowships, publications, etc., yet surely missing some that he was too humble to mention. He was indeed quietly fulfilled by his professional career - perhaps most deeply touched by the opportunities he had to directly interact with workers and patients. Larry enjoyed a life filled with a deep love of the arts and music, of reading, of education and debate, of strong faith, community, friends and - far from last - family. He was a devoted family man, doting on the wife of 55 years whom he deeply loved. Those blessed by a moment in his company carry a legacy that extends far beyond his too-brief lifetime.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents and his only brother, Herbert R. Hipp. He is survived by his loving wife, Julia Hipp; three children and their spouses Anthony (Elizabeth Bunting) Hipp of Mokena, Ill.; Eric (Martiina Linna) Hipp of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Karen (Lester) Quagliano, Greensboro, N.C.; and five grandchildren Stafford and McClaren Hipp, Ona and Corin Linna-Hipp, and Mary Quagliano. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Betty Hipp, of Findlay, Ohio; nieces Ann Jane (Michael) Mooney, Columbus; Stephanie Hipp, Wilton, Conn.; and nephews Michael (Toni) Hipp, Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Thomas (Libby) Hipp, Devon, Penn. We will all miss his gentleness, love, and generous spirit.