Richard Lipsett, 73, was a resident of New Preston
A Columbia graduate, Mr. Lipsett was a lighting designer for Ellis Rabb's A.P.A. Repertory Theater on Broadway and had an encyclopedic knowledge of theater and musicals.
Later a book editor, Mr. Lipsett was a longtime resident of New Preston and a fixture at the shops in Washington Depot.
He is survived by his dog, a puli, Carrington.
In lieu of cards or flowers, memorials may be made to the AIDS Project, 110 Bartholomew Ave., Hartford, CT 06106-2229.