Paul Philip Lipton, 95, Aventura, Fla., died peacefully on Jan. 17, 2012. He was born on Feb. 14, 1916, in Burlington, to the late Isaac and Ida Lipton.

After graduating from high school in 1933 as valedictorian of his class he went on to the UW–Madison where he received a BA in economics in 1937 and an LL.B in 1939, ranking first in his class. Other honors bestowed included Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and Coif, the honorary law society. He also played clarinet in the university band. He then accepted a fellowship to Harvard Law School where he received his LL.M.

In 1940 he took employment with the U.S. government in the Internal Revenue Service until entering the U.S. Navy in May of 1943. Upon discharge he returned to the IRS. From December 1950 until 1980 he had his own law practice in Milwaukee limiting his practice to disputed tax matters. He served on American Bar Association committees, wrote numerous articles on procedural and constitutional issues in tax cases, lectured at leading tax institutes, and spoke to professional groups throughout the country. He was a professional lecturer in the Graduate Tax Program at the University of Florida from 1976 through 1980; Lecturer, University of Wisconsin 1951; Adjunct Professor, University of Miami Law School 1976/78. He remained mentally active keeping current with computer skills, world news and sports.

Survivors include his loving family, Samuel Lipton, Las Vegas, Frances Weinstein, Madison, Esther (Kenneth) Lange, Baraboo, and Ruth (Harold) Stein, Mequon; and nieces and nephews.

The family treasures and gives thanks to Paul’s personal caregiver Pat Davis.

He was further preceded in death by his brother, Benjamin, and his sister, Ethel Mayer.

Services were Jan. 20, at Second Home Cemetery, Milwaukee. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family.

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