Friends of the University

Susan Leigh Star, PhD (Susan Lee Kippax), 55, died Wednesday, March 24 at home in Pittsburgh, Penn. She was the wife of Geof Bowker. Born in Pawtucket, the daughter of Glenn Kippax and the late Shirley (Polke) Kippax, she lived in Santa Cruz, CA and Pittsburgh. She graduated from Lincoln High School (1971), Harvard University, and received her doctorate from UC San Francisco. She held academic and scholarly positions as Professor of Communications, Sociology, Information Science, Women’s Studies, and Computer Sciences at many universities, including UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Keele (England), UI Champaign-Urbana, L’Ecole de Mines (Paris), U Caligari (Italy), Santa Clara University, and since August 2009 University of Pittsburgh, where she was the Boyce Chair of Library and Information Science and Director of the Sara Fine Institute. She authored numerous books, articles, and academic journals, was editor of the journal Mind, Culture, and Activity, the Science and Technology volume of the Women’s Studies International Encyclopedia and co-ditor of Science, Technology, and Human Values. She was elected to the Sociological Research Association in 2004, and received a lifetime achievement honor from the American Sociological Association. She is survived by her husband Geof, father Glenn T. Kippax and his wife Elizabeth of Lincoln, sister Cynthia (Kippax) Ripley and her husband Don of Smithfield, and nieces Kristen Amy and Heather Leigh Ripley.


08 Nov 2018