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Dr. William New Jr.

1942-2017

Dr. William New Jr. died in his home in San Francisco early in the morning on Dec. 21, 2017, surrounded by loved ones, at the age of 75.
Dr. New was born in Beaumont, Texas on April 29, 1942, to Dorothy, an educator, and William New, Sr., a naval architect. The family moved to the Bay Area during World War II. Dr. New later lived in Woodside, Calif. from 1971-2016.
Dr. New had a multi-faceted career first as an electrical engineer at Hewlett Packard and Ampex and then as an anesthesiologist and intensive care physician on the Stanford University Medical School faculty.
After leaving medicine as a daily clinician in 1980, he was a successful entrepreneur and co-founded two medical device companies, Nellcor Inc. and Natus Medical. At Nellcor, he developed the pulse oximeter, a medical device that is used in operating rooms around the world today. Both companies had successful public stock offerings.
After retiring from business, he continued his research in bioengineering at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada and at the Oregon Graduate Institute at Oregon Health & Science University. He held 15 patents.
Dr. New was a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He also served on the board for the National Association of Independent Schools and was a trustee at several secondary schools, including the Cate, Groton, and Putney schools.
Dr. New received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University; his MD from Duke University; a Ph.D. in Physiology from UCLA; and MS in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Heather New. He is survived by three daughters, Catherine New of San Francisco, Caroline New of Philadelphia, Christin New of Redwood City; his former wives, Margaret New of Washington, D.C. and Patricia New of Menlo Park; and his partner, Carolyn Wilson, and her daughter, Claire Koerschen.
There will be a 2 p.m. memorial at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on Feb. 18. The family will hold a private memorial at the Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif. on April 14.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 4, 2018
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