Jacqueline Ristin Lipsky


On October 26, Jacqueline Ristin Lipsky (née Zvoristin) of Coral Gables, Fla. at 86. She is survived by sons Ian Lipsky and Eric Lipsky, both of Pittsburgh; and grandchildren Simon, Noa and Sasha. Her former husband, Lester Lipsky, is professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut. She was predeceased by siblings Norman Ristin of Philadelphia and Linda Ristin Lee of Lincoln, Neb.; as well as husband Tom V. Schmitt, also an established visual artist.

Jackie was a life-long visual artist, arts activist and social progressive who believed in the universality of equity in opportunity, access and respect. Her art has been exhibited nationally and in many private collections.

Contributions in her memory may be sent to: the National Historic Site of Wounded Knee, Inc. 3927 Clover St., Rapid City, SD 57702 in honor and respect for the many thousands of Lakota people who were forcibly displaced from their traditional lands to make room for new European homesteaders, among whom were Jackie’s own grandparents, father, uncles and aunt. Jackie played an active role of support to the families of Lakota tribes people who were tried for their demands to reopen treaty negotiations in 1973.

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