2018-06-27 / Obituaries

Robert Newman

Robert (Bob) Newman was born in Detroit, MI on November 22, 1927 and died at age 90 in New York City on June 16, 2018.

He was a seasonal resident of Delaware County for more than 50 years with homes in the New Kingston valley, Arena, and Delhi.

Bob was born and grew up in Detroit. After serving in the Merchant Marines, he attended Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, from which he received a Bachelor’s degree in 1950 and a Master’s in 1956.

During his time in graduate school he worked in production and writing with the fledgling University of Michigan educational television service. That year he moved to New York City to continue his career in television writing and production, first with MCA/Universal.

However, he later shifted to the medical publishing business, where after working for several companies, he ultimately started his own business, CoMedica, which he ran until his retirement in 2000.

After retiring he began to write, completing a novel, You Never Know (2009) along with a number of poems and other unpublished works.

He loved the Catskills where he and his then wife bought a house in the New Kingston area in 1972 and then to Mill Brook in Arena. After his marriage with Ruth Newman ended, he met Bette Alexander and spent summers with her in Delhi. The mountains were his refuge, a place of peace and beauty he’d return to throughout his life.

Bob is survived by his sons Michael, Richard, and Andrew, his partner Bette Alexander, and his ex-wife Ruth Newman.

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