James A. Hoxie (1922 – 2011)
JAMES A. HOXIE Age 88, passed away on 2/6/11 of natural causes in Riverside, CA. He was born on 4/1/22 in Faribault, MN and was a resident of Riverside for 50 years. He retired from the Calif. State School for the Deaf where he was an Assistant Superintendent. He served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years as a Pharmacist\’s Mate First Class. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley Phys. Ed Galaudet College with a Master\’s Degree and a member of Jurupa Hills Men\’s Golf Club. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marilyn Nichols and is survived by his wife Ruth V. Hoxie; son Gary Hoxie of Fallbrook, CA; sister Elaine Zollner of San Mateo, CA; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Funeral will be held on Thurs., 2/17/11 at 10am at Arlington Mortuary with a graveside service at 12pm at Riverside National Cemetery.
Published in Press-Enterprise from February 12 to February 15, 2011
August 19, 1937 – March 17, 2012
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Deaf Advocate, Educator Dies in Riverside
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
By Dayna Straehley, The Press-Enterprise
Lawrence R. Newman, of Riverside, the former president of the National Association of the Deaf, retired educator and author died Monday in Riverside. He was 86.
Dr. Newman was among the founding faculty at California School for the Deaf in Riverside when it opened in 1953. He taught math there for twenty years, left in 1973 for a four-year stint as a principal in Anaheim, and returned to the California School for the Deaf in 1977 as assistant superintendent, a position he held until 1988. He was the first deaf person hired as assistant superintendent, said Laurie Pietro, spokeswoman for the school. He lost his hearing at the age of five.
In 1978, after twenty-five years as an educator, his alma mater, Gallaudet University awarded him an honorary doctor of letters degree, an honorary title he continued to use. He had previously earned a master’s degree before coming to Riverside.
Bernard Bragg, a friend for seventy-five years, recalled Dr. Newman.
“Larry Newman left us on the fourth of July with a real bang,” Bragg said in an email Tuesday. “How appropriate it was, for he had for many years made a tremendous impact on the lives ofAmerican deaf and hard-of-hearing children and people through his numerous articles, lectures, and books, most of which focuses on education, social and political awareness.”
Dr. Newman was named California Teacher of the Year in 1968 and was an early proponent of bilingual education for the deaf using sign language. He emphasized the importance of education in the life of deaf children.
“Education is to deaf people what the Golden Fleece was to Jason in mythology,” he wrote. “He was willing to go through many trials and tribulations because if he could get the Golden Fleece, the throne in the kingdom of Greece would be his. If deaf people could get an education, their minds would be set free and the kingdom of the world would be theirs.”
Dr. Newman wrote two books, “Sands of Time — NAD Presidents 1800-2003,” which was published by the National Association of the Deaf in 2006, and “I Fill This Small Space — The Writings of a Deaf Activist,” published by Gallaudet University Press in 2009.
“I met Dr. Newman in 1989 when, as NAD President, he gave a lecture at a community college in California,” relates Gallaudet alumnus Brian Riley. ”He regaled the audience in his inimitable style which was comprised of a mixture of swagger, intelligence, and good humor — a style which has inspired many hearing parents over the years to enroll their deaf children in schools for the deaf where they could receive an appropriate education”
Dr. Newman is survived by his wife, Betty; a brother, Leonard, of New York City; two sons, Warner and Mitchell; three daughters, Rochelle, Laureen, and Carol; grandchildren Megan, Marnie, Nathan, Chelsea, Kirstie and William; and great-grandchildren Sadie, Caden and Stacia.
A memorial service will be open to the public at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles.