A memorial service will be held Monday, Sept. 12 at The University of New Mexico Alumni Chapel for Professor Emerita Virginia C. Shipman, who died June 30, at St. Catherine Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque, N.M.
Shipman moved to Albuquerque in 1986 to chair the Family Studies program in the UNM College of Education (COE). She retired in 2015.
During the course of her academic career where she influenced many, Shipman received a variety of professional honors (including election to the Sigma Xi scientific honor society), was a founding member of the Evaluation Research Society (now the American Evaluation Association), served as President of the Eastern Educational Research Association and Faculty Senate President at UNM, and created the Virginia Curran Shipman Doctoral Fellowship for especially promising graduate students in the UNM COE.
Shipman was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and attended Packer Collegiate Institute, and received degrees from the University of Rochester, Penn State University, and her doctorate in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. After teaching and conducting research at the University of Chicago, she led a landmark longitudinal study of children and their families in the Head Start preschool program as Senior Researcher at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Virginia Curran Shipman Doctoral Fellowship through the UNM Foundation.