Gregory Lee Lipski, M.D. ‘08
Adapted from The Seattle Times, June 3, 2010
Born June 18, 1967, Gregory Lee Lipski passed away peacefully May 31, 2010, after a long battle with leukemia and complications from treatment. Greg graduated from Bethel High School in 1985 and attended the University of Washington with an ROTC scholarship, graduating in 1989 with a degree in electrical engineering. He received the Commander Battalion Award during college, the highest honor given to an ROTC student. He went on to spend five years working as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. Following his time in the Navy, he earned a master’s degree in engineering at the UW and worked in the Department of Aeronautics for many years.
In 2003, Greg made a career change and entered the University of Washington School of Medicine. Despite being diagnosed with leukemia his second year of medical school, he studied for classes and finals while undergoing chemotherapy in the hospital. He was awarded the Ellen Griep Award in 2007 and graduated to a standing ovation in June 2008. He began a residency in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Washington, in hopes of pursuing his dream of becoming an anesthesiologist. Due to the relapse of his leukemia, he was forced to give up his residency, but he never gave up his dream of becoming an anesthesiologist, reading books about critical care medicine at home. In his spare time, Greg was a championship cyclist, winning many local races in both velodrome and road racing. He was a member of the University of Washington Cycling Team and also worked at Gregg’s Greenlake Cycles. He enjoyed fishing, riding motocross, golfing and playing guitar. Greg will be remembered most, however, not for his many accomplishments, but for his integrity, honesty, humility, strength of character and the love and friendship with which he blessed his friends and family throughout the years.He is survived by his wife, Erin Currin, mother Masako, father Bernard, sister Vicki, brother Curtis, sister-in-law Susan, nephew Andy, niece Erika and Pavlov, his favorite golden lab.
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