Victoria Anne Newman
1945 - 2020
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Victoria Anne Vicky' Newman, MS, RD July 18, 1945 - January 23, 2020 PACIFIC BEACH Victoria Vicky' Ann Newman, MS, RD, retired chief research dietitian, died unexpectedly but peacefully at the age of 74 on January 23, 2020, while at her home in Pacific Beach. Vicky was born in Los Angeles on July 18, 1945, to George Armstrong Newman and Jeanne Duquette Newman. She graduated from UCLA in 1967 and worked at Pan American Airways before moving to San Diego and getting her Masters of Science degree in 1974 from San Diego State University. She went on to have a distinguished career both at Wellstart International, where she taught nutrition to teams of doctors and nurses from around the world, and as chief nutritionist and associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine before her retirement in 2014. Vicky was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, and steadfast friend who served as a dedicated teacher and pillar to the nutrition community. She enjoyed taking daily walks on the beach, hosting singing get-togethers at her home and musical events at her church, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito in Solana Beach. Well into retirement, Vicky continued to share her passion for healthy eating by continuing to give lectures at UCSD, Bastyr University, and the health spa Rancho La Puerta. Additionally, she provided private nutrition consulting through her website MindfulNutrition She will be deeply missed by her friends and family, who treasured her dedication, enthusiasm, knowledge, and boundless energy. Vicky is survived by her son, Tei Newman-Lehman of San Diego, CA; her two sisters, Alexandra Newman of Acton, CA, and Lucinda Hood of Ventura, CA; her nephew, Douglas Hood of Camarillo, CA, and her two cats, Pepe and Fabby. A memorial service is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on March 15 at Beyster Auditorium on the UCSD campus. A scholarship is also being established in Vicky's name at the UCSD School of Medicine to support the education of nutrition-minded doctors. Details of the scholarship will be shared as they become available.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2020.
Memorial service
03:00 PM
Beyster Auditorium on the UCSD campus
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July 18, 2020
Thinking about you on your birthday, Vic... thought it might be a good time to put up the poem I wrote when we lost you (in an attempt to "let the creativity flow" as you often advised), but upon re-reading realize it hasnt fully evolved yet. Know that your sisters miss you greatly but at the same time are relieved you didnt have to face/endure this virus or the mess its created... for starters, how could you have tolerated/survived not being able to go to the Farmers Market or group singing?? We love and miss you... know that youre in our heads and hearts almost constantly. xoxoxo
Alex Newman
February 24, 2020
Vicky was a friend for life, first meeting her at a conference on nutrition data collection and analysis. One of her strengths was collecting, analyzing and determining evidence-based advice to share with her clients, her students and her colleagues. Fortuately, I stayed with her about 18 months ago and found her still advocating for pathways to health that come from the spirit as well as the mind. She created characteristically delicious and healthy meals. During that visit, she shared wonderful stories about Tei and her family and how they provided her great joy and strength. She was so proud of Tei -- his love for life, his devotion, and his accomplishments. Vicky's passing will be a large loss to the nutrition and health community, her clients, family, and her devoted cats.

May peace be with her.

Her friend and nutrition colleague, Nancy Chapman
February 21, 2020
It is difficult to hear this news. Vicky has left a true and positive impact on the world. She was consistent in her passion for healthy eating and helping others achieve their own healthy eating goals. i had the pleasure and privilege of working w her for years on the WHEL study. my heartfelt prayers go out to her family and friends. she will be missed Cyndi
February 19, 2020

I'm glad to see that your obituary will stay in the digital universe longer than the 2-day ad that we put in a few weeks back. Thanks to Lisa, I just found the link to it here...

Anyways, Faby, Pepe and I dearly miss you and we're at a standstill not knowing what sorts of chores to do around the house. However, I did want you to know that we're still watering the plants, but I can't guarantee that we're using the small burner to make coffee. I'm sure at some point I'll understand why you insisted on this. It will probably be around the time where I submit to reiki energy healing and start listening to crystal bowl music too. Probably at least a decade before my youthful cynicism for the new age concepts you tried so hard to instill in me wears off.

Needless to say, I've been doing a lot of digging through your stuff and am currently trying to reconcile your premature death with the meticulous medical records you kept. Know that the search to prevent the Newman heart shall persist! But I can't guarantee that I'll take red yeast extract instead of statins. I'm currently thinking that the (10) aspirin/day regimen of other (unnamed) family members might be the way to go...

Despite all the intensive investigation, hypochondria and prophylactica, I'm glad that the one new age concept that managed to get rubbed off on me (by you) was carpe diem. Thanks to you, I have learned a great deal about people, about manners, about love and about work ethic and responsibility. One couldn't have asked for a better mother, a better friend and I am forever grateful that you gave me the skillset and emotional support to enjoy every day that I am "here" on this planet.

I hope you know that we're doing our best to keep the social traditions alive (thanks to your many friends) and I hope that you and Perry have been reunited at last! Until we meet again I will love you forever and always!
February 19, 2020
Vicky, 1987
Tei Newman-Lehman
February 19, 2020
Vicky and Tei, 2015
Tei Newman-Lehman
February 19, 2020
Vicky at Rancho La Puerta, 2015
Tei Newman-Lehman
February 19, 2020
Vicky and Tei, 1988
Tei Newman-Lehman
February 19, 2020
Vicky getting married, 1976
Tei Newman-Lehman
February 19, 2020
Vicky and Elizabeth, Italy 2005
Tei Newman-Lehman
February 13, 2020
Losing Vicky was such a shock! I never would have guessed she was 74 - she looked more like 60 honestly. I had the good fortune to work with Vicky on several volunteer projects at First UU Church and always appreciated her professionalism and initiative. She was also thoughtful and lived her life with flare. I recall arriving at the last minute to a church concert she had organized and to my surprise and delight they were serving snacks and wine (a real treasure to those of us who had rushed there from a long day at work) - and she was to thank! She is also who I have to thank for many health and nutrition practices that I do every day such as always working veggies into every mean and drinking Calm (magnesium) water - that last one is more valuable than I can even say. I will miss Vicky very much, I fully assumed she'd outlive me! It is nice to think that her passing was peaceful at least. What a loss. Vicky, dear friend, thank you. You made a real difference in many lives, not the least of which is mine. I'll miss you.
Ame Stanko
February 12, 2020
Once the shock of Vicky's unexpected passing calmed down, it was replaced by a fog of sadness, partly because Vicky's vitality and busy schedule made losing her so dramatic.
Vicky and I were sorority sisters and roommates. I had the pleasure of being at her wedding, of meeting her parents and sisters, of sharing friends along the way, touring Paris together, of consulting with her in her professional capacity, buying, and using, her books, reading her website, and laughing over lunch in San Clemente, as close to a halfway point as we could find.

Vicky was a beautiful, elegant, intelligent woman, but graced with warmth and caring that were unexpected given her refined appearance. She had a wonderful sense of the ridiculous and the rare capacity to laugh at herself and bring us along. Sometimes she was goofy and that was the most fun of all. She loved the humanities, literature, design, art, color, and then became a scientist dedicated to advancing the field of nutrition and health and for future generations. Her work as a scientist, author, lecturer, mentor, collaborator will have lasting influence. And will be applauded by us all who studied beside her in college and didn't see this lifelong achievement and career which she would step into.

With time and distance, our friendship became mostly an exchange of emails, sometimes as part of a list, sometimes more personal, but messages from Vicky were always uplifting, often musical, always inviting, always welcome, always attached to loving memories. I am lucky to count myself among the many, many people who know Vicky and will miss her terribly and will always celebrate her remarkable life. My condolences to all.
Pam Stacey
February 11, 2020
Vicki was a sorority sister and a year behind me at UCLA. We were not in touch, but from all of those years ago I remember her earnestness and sweetness. Before she retired she gave a talk on nutrition at a meeting of the San Diego alum group I belong to, which everyone learned from and enjoyed. I know her family and friends will miss her greatly.
Suzanne Brenner Richardson
February 11, 2020
Vicky was my roommate at UCLA and we remained friends here in San Diego. Her commitment to her family and career was so admirable. I will always remember her smile and laugh and am so saddened by her early passing.

Vicki Reed
February 10, 2020
We were classmates with Vicky at SDSU many years ago persuing our Nutrition degree. We are saddened to hear of her passing.
We are sending our condolences to her family.
Carri Harris and Barbi Mallman (the twin dietitians)
February 10, 2020
I was deeply saddened to hear of Vicky's passing. I met her at the Unitarian Church in Hillcrest when I first moved to San Diego in 2002. I have many fond memories of the singing get togethers we had at her home. She was a wonderful host, a caring and loving friend, and I know she will be missed by many.
Lee Varon
February 10, 2020
Remembering Vicky fondly from our junior high and high school days, Kappa Kappa Gamma Events and more recent reunions. May you rest in peace.
Barbie Thompson Hansen
February 9, 2020
Christmas 2019
My dear sister-in-law was taken away much too early from all of us who loved her. I will sorely miss her kindness, compassion, grace, enthusiasm and energy. The happy memories of Vicky will comfort our sorrow and be cherished in our mind.
Ron Kaiser
February 9, 2020
Vicky was a wonderful friend and generous spirit. She welcomed me many ears ago when I moved to San Diego and stayed in my heart all the years since. We would get together from time to time when I visited family in North County. On one occasion I mentioned a begonia I had propagated in 1974 from a leaf collected in Gualala at the home of artist Millard Sheets. Vicky's response was, "My minister is Millard Sheets' daughter!" My next move was to propagate a clone so that Vicky could have the begonia too. My 1974 plant thrives, as Vicky always will in my heart.

June Smith (known to Vicky as Sparkie)

June Smith
February 9, 2020
Vicky and her sister's
We will all miss you (Ron, Cindy, Doug, Alex, etc). Beyond that, it's hard to know what else to say.
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