Carol Newman Memorial

Carol Ann Newman passed away peacefully surrounded by family, in Oakland, California on October 13, 2017 at age 79.

Born and raised in New York City, Carol was a New Yorker through and through. She was a proud graduate of The Bronx High School of Science and earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Hunter College. She married Howard Newman in 1960 and they were happily married for 50 years. After living with her family in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Maryland, and New Hampshire, she was happy to return to New York in 1988 when Howard became Dean of the Robert F Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.

Carol provided loving support for her husband Howard during his career, while lovingly raising daughters Leslie and Amy, as well as teaching children with special needs. She showed incredible strength and compassion while caring for Howard after he had a stroke in 2000, until his passing in 2011. Carol and Howard were loving partners, and wonderful, nurturing parents to their children.

Carol and Howard moved to the Bay Area of San Francisco in 2004 to be closer to their daughters and new grandson, Jacob. Never too old to make friends, Carol made a wide circle of friends in California, including her “knitting buddies,” friends from her caregiver support group and exercise classes. She also enjoyed traveling and had an adventurous spirit, traveling with friends and family to England, Scotland, Ireland, Israel, and Mexico.

A true fighter, Carol battled cancer for nine years, undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, as well as clinical trials in Santa Monica. Carol found comfort throughout her treatment through yoga, acupuncture, mystery novels, following politics, and watching her favorite shows, including every mystery show the BBC had to offer. More than anything else, Carol cherished visits with grandsons Jacob and Zachary.

Carol was a loving wife to Howard, mother of Leslie and Amy, grandmother to Jacob and Zachary, mother-in-law of Brent and Ruben, sister of Fran and Phillip, and a wonderful and loyal friend. She will be missed.

To make a memorial donation in Carol's name, Carol’s family suggests donations to the Lazarex Foundation, which supports patients accessing clinical trials. To make a tribute gift in the memory of Carol, please visit Under "Tribute Gift," choose "in memory of" in the drop down menu and then type "Carol Newman."

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled for the late fall.

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