Jay Ipson

Jay Ipson


Jay M. Ipp (Ipson) was born June 5, 1935, in Lithuania and lived there until 1945.  In 1941 the Nazis forced Jay and his parents into the Kovno ghetto, but they escaped in 1943.  After hiding in neighboring farms and then being liberated by the Soviets, they returned to Kovno.  With the Russians creating a new danger, they escaped a second time to the American zone of Germany in 1945.  At the age of 12, Jay arrived in Richmond, Virginia, with his parents in June 1947.

In September 1947 he enrolled in the sixth grade at Robert E. Lee School.  The next year he transferred to Albert H. Hill School. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School, he studied accounting at the T. C. Williams School of Law (University of Richmond Continuing Education).  In 1954 he joined the Army Reserve and served as an instructor attached to the 2079th JAGC (Judge Advocate Corp), receiving an honorable discharge as sergeant in 1963.   Jay married Eleanor Gaffen of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and they have two daughters, a son, and four grandchildren.

From the 1950’s to the present, Jay has had extensive community involvement, such as leadership in local synagogues, Jewish agencies, and Holocaust organizations.  Civic and business participation has included president of American Auto Parts, as well as correspondent of the day and contributor to the commentary section for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Numerous awards span from 1965 to the present.  Military and aviation ratings as well as citations and decorations range from 1970-1992.   One of the most notable promotions was to the rank of Commander of the Virginia State Guard Aviation Brigade. 

Please click the following link for a description of Jay's community and business involvement and a list of his awards.