Thursday, 26 November 2015
Cornellians Mourn Austin Kiplinger ’39
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The University lost one of its most celebrated alumni, and staunchest supporters, with the passing of Austin “Kip” Kiplinger ’39 on November 20. He was ninety-seven. Chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees, Kiplinger (seen above at Charter Day Weekend last April) held the longest-ever term of service on the board: fifty-five years. His many other contributions to Cornell life include supporting the creation of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts and the restoration of Lincoln Hall; and the chairmanship of the search committee that selected Frank H.T. Rhodes as the University’s ninth president.

“The breadth of Austin Kiplinger’s involvement in so many facets of the life of Cornell University, for so many years, has left an indelible legacy for generations of Cornellians in the arts, economics, undergraduate education, and through his example of steady leadership,” said President Elizabeth Garrett, noting how pleased she was that Kiplinger attended her inauguration in September. “Kip’s support, wisdom and influence meant a great deal to me even in the few months I was honored to have known him. . . He was a true Cornellian in every sense.”

A prominent figure in the field of journalism, Kiplinger began his career as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. He was the longtime head of the publishing company founded by his father, and served as editor emeritus of the Kiplinger Washington Editors, which publishes Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Kiplinger Letter, among other titles. (As his New York Times obituary noted, he opted for the Chronicle job after graduating from Cornell—rather than going directly to work for his father’s company—because he did not want to be a “hothouse flower.”)

A past recipient of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award, Kiplinger was one of the oldest members of the Glee Club; he performed with the group as recently as 2014, at his 75th Reunion. His many Cornellian relatives include sons Knight Kiplinger ’69 and Todd Kiplinger ’68 (who died in 2008) and grandchildren Brigham Kiplinger ’03 and Daphne Kiplinger ’07, BS ’08. Said Knight Kiplinger: “Among all the institutions that were central to my father’s life—in his personal development and as the focus of his passion—Cornell was Number One.”

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