James A. Hoxie (1922 – 2011)

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

In Loving Memory of Phyllis Jean Ryan

August 19, 1937 – March 17, 2012


Funeral Services:

Thursday, March 29, 2012 11:00 a.m.

Torrance 4th (ASL) Branch, Torrance North Stake, California

Lawrence R. Newman (March 23, 1925 – July 4, 2011)

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.”

"Small Space -- The Writings of a Deaf ActivistDr. 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.

Anthony James “Tony” Hackett (1946-2011)

Anthony James Hackett was born in Bakersfield on July 18, 1946 to Jack and Beatrice Hackett and passed away July 30, 2011 at his home in Bakersfield. He spent eighteen years in the Rosedale area and attended Riverside school for the Deaf. He worked as forklift operator and was once a pressman for various newspapers in the Bay area. At one time he built a 40 acre hog ranch from the dirt up where he had a total of more than 250 hogs, 12+ sheep, 20+ horses and 10 cows. When he was 40, Tony was diagnosed with diabetes and recently was thought to have Shy Dragers Syndrome.

Tony is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Heidi Jo H and Travis E. Thornton of Battle Ground, WA, son Anthony Allen Hackett of Bakersfield, sister Andrea F. Smith of Bakersfield, grandson Ellis Owen Thornton of Battle Ground, WA and another grandchild on the way.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to the Gentelia family for their care and concern. Memorial donations may be made in Tony’s memory to a charity of your choice.

Services are pending at this time. For further information, please call his son Anthony at 661-588-0842.

Doughty-Calhoun-O’Meara Funeral Directors