Lucia Farrington Shipley 1938
Lucia Farrington Shipley 1938

Lucia Farrington Shipley is a multi-faceted woman. She and her late husband Charles founded the Shipley Company and the Shipley Family Foundation; she is the mother of a daughter and son, a former administrator who loved research and development, a lifetime learner, an ardent lover of gardens, an environmentalist, and a role model. At Dana, Lucia was known as “Lu.” She was on the honor roll and a member of the French Club, the Athletic Association, and the Christian Service League. After graduating from Smith College as a math major, Lucia married Charles Shipley. They founded The Shipley Company in Newton, MA, a multi-million dollar international corporation. Mrs. Shipley was the first woman to receive the Winthrop Sears Medal for outstanding entrepreneurial achievement in the chemical industry, an honor she shared with her husband. In her acceptance speech she concluded, “My advice to women entrepreneurs is to work, study, listen, ask questions, learn the business and the marketplace — but above all, enjoy what you do and appreciate the people with whom you work.”

Mrs. Shipley loved her Dana years and felt that her Dana Hall education started her on the road to business and personal success and happiness. She was awarded the Dana Hall Distinguished Alumna Award in 1996. Mrs. Shipley firmly believes in the importance of providing excellent facilities for girls. These beliefs led her to pledge $2.5 million in 1997 to name the Lucia Farrington Shipley Science Center and $5 million in 2002 to name the school’s new Athletic, Health and Wellness Center.  The Shipley Center was dedicated on October 15, 2005.


“1996 Dana Hall Distinguished Alumna Award – Lucia Farrington Shipley ’38.” Dana Hall Bulletin. Winter 1996: 21.
Lucia Shipley, photograph. Dana Hall Archives, Wellesley, MA.
The Shipley Family. Shipley Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship. 19 July 2005. <a href=>.
Originally published as Person of the Week, October 17, 2005