Institute Mourns Loss of First Executive Director

August 2018

sunset through soft grass stems The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University mourns the death of Edward Newman, PhD, its first full-time Executive Director. Dr. Newman was the founding Executive Director of the Institute (then known as Developmental Disabilities Center) serving in that role from 1974 through June of 1992.

During his time at the Institute, Dr. Newman continued his life-long passion of working to ensure that people with disabilities had access to fair and meaningful employment. He also helped develop long and fruitful relationships with several national and international organizations.

Prior to coming to the Institute, Dr. Newman was the Commissioner of the Federal Rehabilitation Services Administration during the Nixon Administration. In addition to forging relationships with the U.S. Department of Labor as Executive Director, Dr. Newman was instrumental in initiating the Institute's relationship with the State of Israel, at both Bar Ilan University and the University of Haifa. Once he left the Institute in 1992, Dr. Newman returned to his academic department in the School of Social Administration where he remained until his retirement. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.


August 18, 2018. Husband of Claire (nee Dresner) of Elkins Park PA. Father of Mark Newman (Debra Silberg), Julie Newman (Will Lamb) and Paul Newman (Nancy Illman). Brother of the late Robert Newman; grandfather of Max, Rebecca, Mira, Benjamin Rachel, Samuel and Isaac. Relatives and friends are invited to Services Tues. 11 A.M. Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Old York and Ashburne Rds., Elkins Pk. Int. West Laurel Hill Cem. Immediately following burial the family will return to Mark and Debbie's home and thereafter at the late residence beginning Tues. night. Contributions in his memory may be made to Temple University Edward Rosen Hillel. Obituary Dr. Edward Newman, 84, Temple social-work professor

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