Frederick L. Hipp Jr.

March 09, 1947 - October 20, 2020

Frederick L. Hipp Jr.

March 09, 1947 - October 20, 2020


Frederick L. Hipp, Jr. passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on October 20, 2020.

Fred was born on March 9, 1947 in Trenton, New Jersey. He is survived by his wife Linda Portwood Hipp, his daughter Julia P. Hipp (Steven Canson), his son Jason P. Hipp (Christopher Purpura), and his sister Linda Thomson (Mark Lindsey). He is predeceased by his parents Frederick Hipp, Sr. and Helen Hipp.

Fred married Linda on June 6, 1976 in Haddonfield, New Jersey. They spent 44 years married in New Jersey and another four months in Bellingham, Washington, where they purchased a home to be near their daughter Julia and her husband Steven.

Fred described himself as a husband, father, bicyclist, photographer, and traveler — roles that frequently overlapped. Beginning with trips with his father to locales as varied as the Ivory Coast, Japan, and Morocco, Fred had the same love for travel with his wife and children, visiting most U.S. states. Special events included rock concerts with daughter Julia and her friends, including Metallica and No Doubt, and road trips with son Jason to attend countless baseball games up and down the east coast, and to move him by U-Haul van from New York to Alabama for a judicial clerkship. A camera always accompanied Fred, which he used to capture and then share these memories with the friends and family who made the moments special.

Fred received a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from Duke University in 1970 and a Master’s Degree in public relations from Rowan University (Glassboro State College) in 1992. Fred spent 40 years as a healthcare advocate, retiring in 2019 from his role in Government Relations for Virtua Health System, and previously working for Solaris Health System, Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, and the New Jersey Hospital Association, all in New Jersey. He was passionate about using public policy and communications to improve health care for individuals and communities. Among his many achievements, Fred participated in developing Virtua’s partnership with Penn Medicine and the opening of Virtua’s cancer center in Moorestown, New Jersey in 2018, both of which he later relied on as a patient.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Chuckanut Health Foundation, 1500 Cornwall Avenue #201, Bellingham, WA 98225 (; Jazz House Kids, 347 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey 07042 (; or 100 Cameras, 601 W. 26th Street, #325-211, New York, New York 10001 (

There will be no public memorial service at this time. In memory of Fred, please take a long bicycle ride, take a photograph, or eat ice cream.

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8 responses to Frederick L. Hipp Jr.

  1. Adam Beder says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have worked with Fred in several different capacities for about 20 years. He was a friend, a mentor and an ally. Fred was an excellent planner, and was the best detail man that I have ever know. When we were off the clock, Fred was a great drinking buddy and was a blast to laugh with. I miss him and I am heartbroken that I never got a chance to say goodby. I take comfort in knowing that he was an extremely good man, and now rests in a better place.

  2. Our deepest sympathies to the Hipp family. Fred Jr., like his father, was a man who used his exemplary talents for the betterment of all . Fred kept us informed with his annual look back on the the past year during the holidays. He and Linda had a special knack of keeping us close as they spoke so glowing of the accomplishments of Jason and Julia. The family he and Linda led over the years is truly blest. My wife and I feel a part of the family (even from a distance) through my working relationship and friendship with Fred Sr. and Helen. May all who knew Fred Jr. find comfort in the fond memories you have of him.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. I had the privilege to work with him for many years. A true advocate for healthcare, a great man. My thoughts and prayers to Linda and the family! Rest In Peace Fred…

  4. Elnora Webb says:

    May you find comfort in God’s promise at Revelation 21:3,4. “God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things has passed away.”

  5. So Sorry to hear about Fred’s passing. I have so many great memories of working with him when he was at Virtua and I was in the New Jersey state Senate. He did such a wonderful job representing the hospital system; he always had all the answers that we in the Senate might need as we tried to forge health policy.
    He made a difference for the hospital system he loved and through working with our health committee, he made a difference for the people of New Jersey. We are forever thankful.

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