Lillian Lear Newman

Lillian Lear Newman, a long time resident of New Haven passed away Jan. 9, 2013 of complications due to Parkinson’s disease. A 1936 graduate of Hillhouse High School, who subsequently earned her honors BA in Psychology at Radcliffe College (Harvard University). As a distinguished member of the class of 1940, she served as president of the Radcliffe College Club for many years. The beloved daughter of Ida and Maxwell Lear, MD, who was a 1911 graduate of Yale College and 1923 graduate of the Yale Medical School where he remained a clinical professor of surgery. She was predeceased by her husband of sixty years, Dr. Harry R. Newman, founder and first chairman of the department of urology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and clinical professor of urology at Yale University and sisters Pearl Levin and Norma Hayes. Her Legacy of love and devotion is shared by her children Nancy Ellen Feldman of Fairfield, Robert Lear Newman of Toronto, Canada and Suzanne Mary Newman of Wellington, FL. She will be sorely missed by her adoring granddaughters Deborah Cott Messulam, Allison Cott Peyton, their respective spouses Derek and John and great grandchildren Max, Daniel, Caroline and Scott.
¬† ¬†Graveside funeral service at the Mishkan Israel Cemetery, Jewell St., New Haven, Sunday afternoon at 2. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation.
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  1. Larry and Jane Cohen said,

    01.11.13 at 12:09 am


    Jane and I send our condolences. When we first came to New Haven many years ago Lillian was one of our favorite people. She was an elegant lady.

    Larry and Jane

  2. Herb and Vivian Lewis said,

    01.11.13 at 1:25 am

    One of a wonderful paIr of old old friends who will be missed. We are dealing ourselves with advanced Parkinsons and appreciate what her and your travails have been. Our heartfelt condolences to the family.

  3. Natalie and John Fenn said,

    01.11.13 at 8:29 pm

    Dear Nancy-
    Your mom lived a long and fruitful life as evidenced by her children and grandchidren. Please know that our thoughts are with you and that we send you and your loved ones our condolences on your loss.

    Natalie and John

  4. Barbara Rosen said,

    01.11.13 at 11:08 pm

    Nancy, My deepest sympathy to you and your family I am so very sorry foir your great loss

  5. Maja Lundborg-Gray said,

    01.12.13 at 10:19 am

    Nancy, Debbie and Allison,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I recall so many fond memories of your grandmother as we grew up in Woodbridge, CT. The days sitting at your kitchen table just talking about life and laughing are still etched in my childhood memories. Your grandmother was so lucky to have you in her life and so close physically to her so you could care for each other. She will be missed. That being said she leaves behind a legacy of a wonderul daughter, granddaughters and grand children.
    We miss and love you.
    Maja, Dan, Spencer and Maxwell

  6. Betty Lear Sumner said,

    01.12.13 at 4:00 pm

    Farewell to a very lovely lady..a compliment to her dear husband and the rest of her extended family.She was a favorite of the Lear family