Mia died in May 12, 2019, in San Francisco, after a valiant battle with cancer.
Mia was born in Denmark and graduated from Miami Beach High School before joining the Class of 1990. After Princeton, Mia spent almost 15 years working in various aspects of digital accessibility, in both private industry and the public sector, including Pearson Publishing, the Veterans Administration, and Microsoft, drawing upon her first-hand experience of accessibility practices.
She is remembered for relentlessly figuring things out and finding solutions for people with disabilities, believing strongly in the need to include all users in design and development processes. Classmates fondly reminisced about her involvement in Infinity Ltd., spring break in Miami, her gentle presence at 2D, as well as her capacity for lively and challenging conversation. One classmate shared a Mia memory, noting, “We were blissfully unaware how quickly friendship, the decades, and life would slip by.”
Mia is survived by her parents, Else and Ken Lipner; brother Daniel and his wife, Christina; nephew Isaac Lipner; and her guide dog, Weaver.