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Muhlenberg Icon Al Kipa Retires

Al KipaAlbert Kipa, who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, began his career at the College in 1966.  He was Muhlenberg's first Professor Laureate and former head of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, as well as the J. & F. Saeger Professor of Comparative Literature. He taught courses devoted to German, Russian and world literature and was the recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Kipa also received many national and international grants and awards, including the Fulbright, NEH and IREX grants, and Ukraine's presidential "Order of Merit."  As a scholar he specialized in Germano-Slavic literary and cultural relations and published numerous books and articles in his field and has lectured in Bonn, Freiburg, Mainz , Munich, Toronto, Prague, Rome, Kiev, Lviv, Moscow and Warsaw. From 1980 to 1982 he served on a National Advisory Council to the newly created U.S. Department of Education.

At the College, Al served on countless committees and has been a mentor and role model to faculty and students.  His dedication to teaching and learning, to his scholarship and to service within the institution and in the broader community will remain as guiding principles for everyone he has come in contact with throughout his career at Muhlenberg. 

You can make an online gift to German studies or Russian studies in honor of Al at, or write a check to Muhlenberg College, (please note “In honor of Al Kipa” in the memo section and specify if the gift is to go toward German studies or Russian studies). For more information, please call Deb Kipp, Associate Vice President for Development at 484-664-3223.





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