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William K. Newman ’31

Published in Apr. 7, 1999, issue

Bill Newman died Dec. 2, 1998. He was 89. His was in these days a unique life, as he devoted time and energies to promoting civil rights and his belief in Christianity more than to the more mundane accumulation of riches.

Having received his early education at home, Bill later graduated from Germantown Academy. At Princeton, he won honors in politics and honorable mention for the Junior Oratorical Medal. He belonged to Clio Hall and University Club. He then earned a LLB from the U. of Pennsylvania in 1934 and practiced law for three years in Philadelphia. He joined the Board of Home Missions of the Congregational and Christian Churches in NYC. From 1943-46, he was an administrative officer at the Naval Air Station in Quonset, R.I., and was discharged as a lieutenant.

Rocky Mountain College honored him with a doctorate for his service as executive of church building for the Congregational Church, and he was deeply involved in planning and financing church buildings all over the country. Incidentally, he was the first nonarchitect to be elected to the Church Architects Guild of America.

Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Cathelia, and his three children, James, Katherine, and Harley. The class extends its deepest sympathy to the entire family.

The Class of 1931

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