Dr. Susan S. Lipschutz was a distinguished member of the University of Michigan community, loved and respected by her friends and colleagues. A magna cum laude graduate of Smith College, she earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Michigan in 1969. As senior associate dean of the Rackham Graduate School and associate provost in the Office of Academic Affairs, Dr. Lipschutz worked diligently to improve graduate education by creating a program that built a sense of community among faculty and graduate students. After her untimely death in 1997, her friends and family created the Lipschutz Fund to honor her memory and to support graduate students in perpetuity.
The Susan Lipschutz Award recognizes Rackham students who have demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievement, a sense of social responsibility and service, and a lively interest in promoting the success of women in the academic community.