David Zangwill Lippmann
David Z. Lippmann died September 12, 2015 in Austin, Texas
David Zangwill Lippmann was born July 6,1925, in Houston,Texas, to Oscar Ulrich and Sadie Buchwald Lippmann. David was their only child snd is show in the photo at right.
Both parents worked in the dry goods business. His maternal grandparents, Abraham and Yetta Pearl Frankel Buchwald, had immigrated from Poland in 1892. Yetta was divorced and listed as widowed following the death of Abraham.
His grandmother, Pearl, shown at left, owned and operated a grocery store and a large boarding house in Galveston. She took in lodgers and provided space for David, his mother, and his Aunt Anna following his parents’ divorce. His mother later worked as a stenographer for the U.S. Census Bureau in Galveston, where David grew up. David would have been in contact with a large cross-section of people. In 1940, Pearl had 16 lodgers living with them; they were from England, Chicago, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Louisiana, Colorado, Georgia and Virginia.
At right are Abraham Frankel (1850-1900) and his wife. Parents of Yetta Pearl Frankel and maternal great-grandparents of David Lippmann. Photo likely taken in France.
Below is a picture of David’s mother’s family.
Left to right in back are Esther, Bell, Sadie (David’s mother), Anna and Rose; seated is Yetta Pearl Buchwald (1875-1957) with daughter Louise Frankel. The photo was taken around 1915. Esther (1896-1992) married Benjamin Leon Rauch in 1924. Louise married Harry H. Robins in 1930 and also Henry Hoffman. Bell married Samuel Jay Lewis in 1924. Anna married James A. Azar, but they later divorced
David graduated in 1942 from Ball High School in Galveston as the valedictorian. He then enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied chemistry and mathematics. As a freshman, David was selected for Phi Eta Sigma, an honorary scholastic fraternity for freshmen men. Prior to graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in France and Germany, where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. He returned to the University of Texas where he completed his B.S. in 1947 and his M.S. degree in 1949. His masters’ thesis was entitled, A Spectrophotometric Study of Cerium (IV) Oxalate Complex Formation. He continued his graduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley, earning his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1953. His dissertation was entitled, "Deviations From Behavior Predicted by the Principle of Corresponding States."
David’s Professional Career
David next worked in industry in Denville, New Jersey for ten years. During this period, he was a research chemist with Reaction Motors, Inc. (RMI), an early American maker of liquid-fuel rocket engines. RMI merged with Thiokol Chemical Corporation in 1958. David specialized in combustion processes related to the development of advanced rocket fuels for the X-15. David and Nathaniel D. Fulton received a patent for “An Aircraft Launching Apparatus.” This was among other patents David received during his career. After working in industry in New Jersey, he returned to Texas, where he was a chemistry professor at Texas State University in San Marcos for almost fifty years. In addition to his teaching, he continued to pursue research in theoretical chemistry, authored a number of reviewed and well cited publications and was recognized for his reviews of submissions for publications on chemical education.
His interests extended well beyond chemistry. For example, he was the 2012 winner of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction contest, an international writing competition, in the category of fantasy. Below is shown his citation:
David was also a voracious reader, loved to write satire and limericks, and as recently as last summer completed a creative writing class sponsored by the Austin Public Library. David read books in French. He delayed reading some of the Harry Potter books until the French versions were available. Another of David’s interest was jewelry making, especially opal jewelry for his wife Jane.
David married Sylvia Jane Neustein in December, 1969, in Miami, Florida. Jane had graduated from the University of Miami in French. She had recently joined the University of Texas at Austin.
Jane is an award-winning Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Texas. She was originally from New York City, a daughter of two physicians. The family moved to Miami when she was 12. She studied at the University of Miami, the University of Paris and the University of Illinois. She did her practice teaching in Spanish at Coral Gables High School. Pat Oakes took French there that year. There was no opening in French that year for Jane or she would have been the intern in Pat’s class.
David and Jane loved to travel. Above, they are on there way to Ouistreharn and Caen, France. There they visited Normandy and Brittany. The picture of David at right was along the Sognefjord in Norway. When working in New Jersey, David lived in a Norwegian community, Lake Telemark, Rockaway, NJ. He became fond of things Scandinavian.
David passed away on September 12, 2015, in Austin, Texas, following a lengthy illness. His is buried in Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.
Acknowledgements: Special thanks to Jane Lippmann, Ruth Plantowsky and Jennifer Greenhall for family photos.
Picture above, left, is David, age 2, in 1927 at 2300 Avenue H and Ball street in Galveston, TX. Very few of these old homes exist today. Picture above, right, is David (on right) and his cousin, Roger Joseph Martinelli Jr., in June 1932 on the beach at Galveston with David’s dog, Brownie.
David is shown below with his Uncle Roger Martinelli Sr. and Roger Jr.; David is 2 and Roger is five months. Roger Sr. married David’s aunt, Rose Buchwald in 1923.
Roger was killed in action in Weilerswist, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany on March 6, 1945. He served with the 16 Infantry, 1st Division, Texas. Roger was likely a member of the D-Day invasion. Here is a comment about the 16th Infantry “On 15 January 1945, the Big Red One (16th) launched its part of the Allied counteroffensive to reduce the Bulge. Over the next seven weeks, the regiment conducted numerous operations in western Germany culminating in the capture of Bonn on 8 March 1945. This was two days before Roger’s death.” Roger was awarded a Silver Star and Purple Heart. He is buried in Henri Chapelle Cemetery, Liège, Belgian. Roger’s marker is at right.
Two pictures below are of Roger and Rose Buchwald Martinelli. Parents of Roger Jr. and uncle and aunt of David Lippmann. The Martinelli Brothers Bakery truck in shown.
Photo of the chemistry faculty from the 1967 Southwest Texas State College yearbook, The Pedagog. David Lippmann on lright end of back row.
Photo of the chemistry faculty from the 1970 Southwest Texas State College yearbook, The Pedagog.
David in Montebello Canada, he and Jane were waiting for a bus to return to Montreal.