About Andrew Lipian
"[we must] unify, listening to each other again and bridging deep divides with dignity and respect..." - Andrew Lipian
Andrew Lipian was born to Henry and Barbara Lipian and raised in Grafton, OH. In 2015 Andrew, his wife Melinda, and their son, were some of the first Millennial families settling in Elyria. They since had two girls, and fell in love with the city. Andrew graduated from Midview High School, received his B.A. from Oberlin College, and his Master's Degree from the University of Michigan. Though, if there is any question where his allegiance lies, his family just adopted a new puppy and named him "Buckeye."
Andrew Lipian was sworn into the Ohio Air National Guard in 2010 by his Father, Henry P. Lipian, a USCG Veteran of Operation Desert Storm. With over 10 years of service, Lipian attained the rank of Master Sergeant, and is a Veteran of several Operations to the Middle East in support of the War on Terror.
In his civilian life, Lipian is Supervisor for the Lorain County Records Center, and is a Board Member for Lorain County Children's Services. He has been Program Manager for the Lorain Palace Civic Center, and previously directed the Midview High School Theater Department. As an accomplished and professional singer, dancer, and director, Lipian has performed, directed, and choreographed countless shows throughout the country, winning several awards for his work.
Andrew Lipian is a staunch defender of Freedom of Speech, and the importance of listening to one another and engaging in open, respectful dialogue to solve the many problems facing our society.
Finally, Andrew Lipian dedicates these efforts to his late mentor and friend, Dr. Timothy M. Hall, whom he lost tragically to suicide in 2017. While a tenured Professor of Philosophy at Oberlin College, Dr. Hall was known as a brilliant mind and scintillating orator, but silently struggled with mental health. If you or anyone you know is struggling, you are not alone. Please reach out, or contact 1-800-273-8255 to speak to someone confidentially. There is no shame in getting help, and we must destigmatize mental health so we and those we love never feel too afraid to reach out to a friend or neighbor when in need.
Rest In Peace: Dr. Timothy M. Hall (1969-2017)