Walter Newman (civic figure)

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Walter Simon Newman
Born September 1921
Died December 8, 2012(2012-12-08) (aged 91)
Nationality United States
  • Civic leader
  • Philanthropist
  • Businessman
Religion Judaism
Spouse(s) Ellen Magnin Newman
     (1950 –2012; his death)[1]
  • Robert
  • Walter Jr.
  • John
Military career
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army United States Army seal
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Battles/wars Operation Overlord (Normandy, France, 1944)

Walter Simon Newman (September 1921 – December 8, 2012) was a civic figure in San Francisco, responsible in part for a number of important civic and cultural events in the City's history.[2]

Early life[edit]

Newman was an Infantry Officer during World War II where he was injured soon after D-Day. In 2009 the French government made him a Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour.[3]


He was involved in the development of the Transamerica Building, Mission Bay, the showing of the King Tut artifacts in the 1970s, and the construction of University High School and the Veteran's Center at City College of San Francisco. Newman was a member of the San Francisco Planning Commission and redevelopment agency. He cofounded the National Brain Tumor Foundation after the death of his son from the disease.[4][5]


  1. ^ Halsted N. Gray-Carew & English Funeral Directors (December 12, 2012). "Walter Newman Obituary". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  2. ^ Newman, Jr., Walter S. (September 1, 2011). "Guest Editorial: Founder’s family thanks community". West Side Connect. Retrieved 2012-12-09.  Birth date derived from mention of upcoming 90th birthday. Middle name source.
  3. ^ "Hats Off to a Local Hero: Walter Newman". 7x7. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  4. ^ Benny Evangelista and Leah Garchik (1944-08-01). "S.F. civic leader Walter Newman, 91, dies". SFGate. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  5. ^ Tokar, Steve (2010-02-23). "Walter Newman, San Francisco community leader, joins NCIRE board". Retrieved 2012-12-10.