Dr. Lippman served as a Captain in the United States Army Nursing Corps from 1967-1968 working at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M.A.S.H.) during the Vietnam War. She was Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project where she was actively involved in gaining approval for its funding and unveiling on the National Mall in Washington, DC. For her efforts, Dr. Lippman was awarded an honorary Military Order of the Purple Heart in 2003.
She is former President Elect of the Connecticut Nurses' Association, which awarded Dr. Lippman their highest honor, the Diamond Jubilarian Agnes Ohlson Award, for her contributions to nursing through political action. And in 2005, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Dr. Lippman received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Cornell University, a master of arts from Fairfield University, and a masters and doctorate degree in education from Columbia University. She and her husband, Dr. Kenneth Lippman currently reside in Westport, CT.