"Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.

And when you have reached the mountaintop, then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”

- Kahlil Gibran
  • 91 years old
  • Born on September 27, 1927 in Los Angeles, California, United States.
  • Passed away on March 18, 2019 in Syracuse, New York, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of Robert Newman who was born on September 27, 1927, and passed away March 18, 2019. 

Bob was married to Katherine Hughes of Glasgow, Scotland, the father of Valerie (Lee Rumaner) and Megan (Jon Dyer), and the grandfather of Alison, Tricia, Max, Anna, and Jane. 

Bob touched many people's lives as an educator and friend. Bob taught at Syracuse University in the School of Education. He was a member of the Syracuse Friends Meeting. 

Posted by Evelyn Kennenwood on 12th April 2019
Katherine, you were so good to Bob. Rest now knowing you gave him your best and that he appreciated it with all his heart. He was just that kind of man. My favorite story was one he shared once talking to a group about his family. He told that his grandfather had been a lift operator in the mines in Butte, Montana at the turn of the last century. The coincidence was that mine was too! I loved that connection and wondered if they knew each other. ( No, they were not the same man... grin) I loved that he would eat dessert first and use 1930’s slang, express his delight openly, and that he took deep interest in others. Bob encouraged me to take a “sabbatical” year off when my children were young and we all recall it as the best year of our lives. I will be ever grateful for that. Great adventures and journeys to you, Bob, on that spirit side even as I know a part of you remains with Katherine.
Posted by Bob Elmendorf on 11th April 2019
Bob was the kindest, gentlest man I ever knew, a brilliant and innovative educator, on the forefront of peace and social justice and an untiring advocate for Dr. Rafil Dhafir. He always welcomed me warmly into his snug home where he wrote his pioneering books on his new methods of teaching children. He and Katherine were my model for what a marriage should be and my heart goes out to her in her loss.
Posted by Stanley Milewski on 4th April 2019
It was truly a pleasure to know Bob for the last twelve years! His optimism and ever-present smile brought some much-needed light into the world. His positivity was even more inspiring considering the weighty ideas he often pondered, as evidenced by his writing on the topics of education and the problems facing contemporary society as we move deeper into the 21st century. His genuine compassion, caring and concern for our collective future in the years well beyond his own life are attitudes we could benefit from enormously if shared by a larger segment of society!
Posted by Mary Magowan on 31st March 2019
Bob always told me that the world was a better place because I was in it and that made me so feel good. He was a very sweet man who had the ability to make everyone feel special; a rare and beautiful quality. To value your fellow human being, approach them with unconditional love and make no judgment is what we would all like to achieve. He loved Katherine and made her so happy, there are no words to describe how much I love him just for that. He in turn was a very lucky man to have Katherine in his life and her devotion to him is unsurpassable. It was a privilege to spend some time with him during his last days and with loved family and friends. My thoughts are with Katherine, my best friend, and a completely devoted (helicopter) wife :-) and most importantly Bob's best friend and love forever...xxx
Posted by Elizabeth Huff on 31st March 2019
I'll always remember his kind smile and thoughtful words of welcome the day I moved in across the street. Over the years I felt blessed to have had him as a neighbor. He was a warm glowing light in the hood. Love and peace going out to Kathy and family. God be with you all.
Posted by Elnara Mammadova on 26th March 2019
I feel fortunate to meet Bob for the last two years of his life. It was amazing to listen to his stories as an educator and to learn more from his teaching ideology that he established throughout his teaching career. His ideas were "out of the box", and I think it is what made him unique and memorable. I will always remember you, Bob!
Posted by Mary Cunningham on 24th March 2019
I brought my daughter to SIEE when she was six years old. Bob had created a space that was loving and intriguing for children. There was a staff of Dotty Shave, Susan Manes, David Knapp , Leah Horowitz and Joyce MacArthur that was one of the most stimulating and loving group of people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. And for my daughter it was a space that both challenged her and kept her safe and deeply cared for. When he asked me to work there I was thrilled. I learned from everyone there and took away from that decade a vision of what teaching and learning should like that has stayed with me more than 40 years. My gratitude to Bob is enormous. Katherine, I hope in the days and months to come, you can regrouped your strength and find the path that you and Bob once shared.
Posted by Karen Hayes on 23rd March 2019
Bob was a great neighbor and friend. Always stopped to chat or tell a cute, funny joke when he and Katherine went on their daily walk up and down the street. I will truly miss Bob and his wit. Thoughts are with Katherine and Bob's family at this difficult time.
Posted by Thelma Bonzek on 23rd March 2019
Bob is one of the greatest friends one could ever have. He was so humble, loving, caring, compassionate and always thought of others. His love for Katherine was beautiful in every way. Bob loved my husband Joe and Joe loved him. Joe's blueberry pancakes made a hit with Bob. He loved my piano music especially Chattanooga Choo Choo. When we talked every night I would say, "I love you" and he would say, "Oh, that makes me feel so good." You were my great professor and you will be my good friend forever Bob. Love, Thelma
Posted by Jim Thompson on 21st March 2019
Bob has been and will continue to be an inspiration for me. I am grateful for having known him. I will be sharing Bob stories with people who weren't lucky enough to meet him for years to come.
Posted by Joe Hughes on 21st March 2019
Megan...Sorry to hear of your dad's passing... you stated that you and your dad looked and acted alike... he must have been quite a great guy... my thoughts are with you and your family...
Posted by Patti Ford on 20th March 2019
Dear Bob, I will miss your always cheery and smiling presence at Archbold Gym when attending for my daily workout. You always had on hand a humorous story to share to lighten and refresh our workday. Thank you for brightening our days and I wish you peace and love.
Posted by Yuming Tung on 20th March 2019
Dear Bob, I am traveling in the U.K. right now. Just heard that you left us and went on a new journey. I want to tell you that I truly treasure the time I spent with you at Francis House, holding your hands and having our special conversation without speaking much. I have known you and Katherine for almost 20 years. We always had a good time when we got together. I have learned so much from you. You were one of the most smart, intelligent, and kind people I knew. I will always love and respect you. I will never forget you. Bon voyage, Bob! Yuming
Posted by Derek Currie on 20th March 2019
It was my pleasure to know you, learn from you and help you with your work. I only wish I was strong enough to have helped you more. Remembering your depth and devotion to caring will always help me smile. Enjoy your dessert dear friend. And Katherine, thank you for sharing your love with Bob. He was brave and persistent because you are brave and persistent. I love you both.
Posted by Joan Savage on 20th March 2019
My most inspiring memory of Bob was his habit of crouching down to be on equal eye level with a child, and speaking to them slowly and with respect. A totally lovable way.
Posted by Marie Sprayberry on 19th March 2019
Sadly, my husband Ed Voytovich and I only had the privilege of knowing Bob for the last year of his life, while Bob and Ed were both clients at the Menorah Park MPU cognitive care programs. But Ed and I both greatly enjoyed Bob's tales of growing up in California, meeting Katherine, and other important aspects of his life. That life hasn't ended, I'm convinced; it's just moved on into the next dimension, whatever that may be. Peace to his gentle soul, as well as to Katherine, Valerie, Megan, his grandchildren, and all the others he leaves behind.
Posted by Ellen Somers on 19th March 2019
I only had the pleasure of knowing Bob for the last two to three years of his life. But what a wonderful addition to my life. I often referred to Bob as the "deep thinker". He was an educator but also, at heart, I think, a philosopher who lived out the values of which he spoke--kindness, compassion, simplicity, and authenticity. His gentle demeanor will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to Katherine and all of his loving family. Ellen
Posted by Patricia Carey Schwarzlan... on 18th March 2019
To our beloved and forever friend - we are grateful for being with you on much of your journey, Bob. Harry spoke at our wee Quaker meeting today and said Bob is the most creative person he has ever known. And we both feel Bob lived his life fully. He always looked for the Light in others with kindness and compassion. And we send this tribute to Bob's wife, Katherine, who loved and cared for him beautifully these many years. With love and peace from Harry and Pat
Posted by Megan Dyer on 18th March 2019
Dearest Dad: You taught me to listen. You taught me to read and to love words. You taught me that to teach you have to reach a child's heart. You taught me kindness. You taught me to value authenticity. You were fun People said we looked alike, acted alike, walked alike (bouncy) I am proud. Godspeed and Peace. XO Meg

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