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William J. Newman ‘55

William Joseph Newman Sr., an aerospace engineer/rocket propulsion scientist who built the first bi- propellent throttle-able rocket engine, passed away on February 12, 2016 at age 83.

William was a native of Winsted, CT, formerly of Simsbury, CT, McLean and Lansdowne, VA, He was predeceased by his parents, Ninita Fournier Newman and Franklin C. Newman, his first wife, Marilyn Gayer Newman, and their children, Elizabeth and Karen.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl Thomen Drever Newman, sister Maureen Armstrong (Tom), daughters Leslie Schechter (Bruce), Jacqueline Hermann (John), and Gayle Dye (Tracy), and sons William J. Newman Jr. (Ann), Daniel Drever, Jonathan Drever (Kim), Mark Drever (Dana), Matthew McMahon, 16 grandchildren relatives, and the many people whom he mentored. A mass to celebrating Bill’s life was at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, South Street, Litchfield, CT 06059. Please consider a memorial gift to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, The Gilbert Trust, or Antioch College. (Published in Litchfield County Times)