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Dr. Newman Walker Dies

Original post made by Jean Wilcox, Charleston Gardens, on Feb 6, 2009

Very sadly the Palo Alto Daily News reports that Dr. Newman Walker has died. Many long time residents of Palo Alto will remember him as the leader of our School District between 1975 and 1985.

He was appointed Superintendent at a very critical time in our School District's history, because declining enrollment was leaving many empty classrooms. During his tenure both Cubberley and Terman were closed along with at least six elementary schools. He was a strong leader who taught us all how to live economically with a declining budget and yet retain excellent academic standards.

His legacy will be a good lesson for the future as we juggle the re-alignment of our elementary schools. I for one had to learn that moving my children from one elementary school to another turned out to be very beneficial although at the time I thought it was bad news.

My condolences go to his Wife Annabelle, his sons and daughter.

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Posted by Jean Wilcox
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 10, 2009 at 7:41 am

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, for Dr Newman M. Walker, who was superintendent of Palo Alto schools from 1975 to 1985 during some of the district's most difficult years of declining enrollment, loss of funding and school closures.

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