Dorothy Glidden Newman
Resident of Rowayton
Dorothy Glidden Newman passed away peacefully at the age of 96 surrounded by her family at her Rowayton home on February 22, 2014, after a long and fruitful life. She was born in Jackson, Michigan on May 15, 1917, daughter of the late Dorothy Ayer and Henry Orange Glidden, a noted Boston artist and MIT-trained architect. Bunny, as she was known to her friends, was an attorney, artist, poet, swimming teacher, den mother, antique dealer, bee keeper, baker, motorcycle rider, mountain climber, musician, animal lover, and most importantly a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She and her younger sister Frances grew up in the Boston suburbs - Melrose Heights, Arlington, Newton Center, and Winchester, where she graduated from high school in 1935. Four years later, in 1939, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from Simmons College in the heart of the city. She majored in Physical Education.
After graduation, she moved to New York City where she worked as the physical education and event coordinator for the nurses at New York Hospital. In New York she met the love of her life, attorney Howard A. Newman, at a Horn and Hardart cafeteria. They married in 1941, honeymooned in Cuba, and a few years later moved to the "country," Norwalk, and then later, Rowayton, where they raised their son Michael and their three daughters, Dorci, Barbara, and Wendy. Besides teaching physical education at the Thomas School, Bunny was a Red Cross-certificated swimming instructor and taught an entire generation of kids how to swim at Bayley Beach. She was also a Cub Scout Den Mother. She loved to paint and created dozens of watercolor and oil paintings, frequently of the scenery around the summer home of her youth, "Pineacre," in North Conway, NH. She wrote many short poems on New England topics such as the Norwalk Indians and the local flora and fauna. She played the French horn, bugle, cornet, and a bit of piano and would occasionally join in singing the Messiah with the local chorus. In the 50's, her love of antiques motivated her to organize and run several "Fairfield County Antique Shows" at the old Armory in Norwalk. For many years, she served as Howard's legal secretary but, being always a bit ahead of her time and unafraid to break new ground, decided that she wanted to understand more about the law and, with Howard's blessing and support, attended Fordham Law School. She graduated with her law degree in 1957 and was soon thereafter admitted to the Connecticut bar and later to that of the U.S. Supreme Court. Thus was formed the law firm of "Newman and Newman" which set up shop in Rowayton so that Bunny and Howard could work side by side and Howard would no longer have to commute to the City. Bunny also enjoyed hosting parties for the family's city friends, as well as the neighbors, and helping Howard with his political career in the Connecticut State Legislature and local politics, as well as being active in local politics herself. She also loved the role of world traveler. She and Howard enjoyed many wonderful trips to places far and near including the United Kingdom and Holland as well as frequent trips to their beloved Cape Cod. Bunny also accompanied her son Michael on trips to Australia and Japan, as well as on a Cornell University Glee Club tour of Spain, France, and Switzerland. She was a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, American Arbitration Association, Simmons Club, Fordham Alumni Association, and the Order of the Eastern Star, just to name a few.
Country life allowed Bunny to "muse on nature with a poet's eye," the inscription carved into the mantle above the fireplace at "Pineacre." During her life in Rowayton she had chickens, ducks, a goat, bees, and countless dogs and cats. She also loved to putter around in the garden and in her small greenhouse. Later in life she focused on her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her beloved pets, helping them all to be the best that they could be by setting an unfailing example of good cheer, joy and optimism.
Bunny was pre-deceased by her beloved husband of 50 years Howard and her sister Frances Johnson. She is survived by her four children: H. Michael Newman of Ithaca, NY; Dorci Tremblay and her husband Edd of Red Lodge, MT; Barbara Macdonald and her husband Peter of Norwalk; and Wendy Bardos and her husband Robert, also of Norwalk. She will be missed by her grandchildren Kevin Newman, Michael Krystopa, Josh and Sarah Tremblay, and Matthew, Beau, and Isabella Bardos, as well as by seven great-grandchildren, two nieces and a nephew.
The Family will receive friends from 5-7 on Tuesday, February 25, at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Avenue, Norwalk. There will also be a service on the 26th at 1:00 PM at the United Congregational Church, 275 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery. To leave your condolences or sign our online guestbook please visit us at www.magnerfuneralhome.com