May 7, 2008
Herb Zipper was professor for 46 years
They all agreed he was one of their most challenging professors but they still took time out of their lives to be part of the dedication of the Digital Systems Memorial Lab named in his honor.
On Friday, April 4, the day before his 74th birthday, friends, family and former colleagues came to Lupton Hall at Farmingdale State College to pay their respects to Herb Zipper, who passed away on June 10, 2005, having completed 46 years of teaching in the Department of Electrical Engineering Technology at Farmingdale State College.
Dr. W. Hubert Keen, president of Farmingdale State , welcomed the fifty people in attendance and commented on Professor Zipper's courtesy to him when he arrived on campus.
Herb Zipper was many things - a professor, the father of six who sent each of his children to Farmingdale State, an athlete - but above all he was a student-centered educator and mentor to new professors.
Colleagues told of his generosity with his time and dedication to his students - how each day during the winter recess he drove a student from Nigeria to and from his part-time job at Waldbaum's in the Village of Farmingdale .
All agreed that Professor Zipper is very much missed. Students who missed the opportunity to study with him will be able to study in a beautiful, modern lab dedicated to his memory and ethos.
The Digital Systems Laboratory is part of a multi-million dollar overall upgrade to the electrical engineering technology and physics labs on the second floor of Lupton Hall.