Walter S. Newman
Walter S. Newman passed away in Naperville, Illinois on September 18, 2020. He was 97 years old, and recently celebrated his 71st wedding anniversary with his beloved wife, Midge, whom he married in 1949.

Walter is survived by his loving wife Midge; children David, Richard (Sandra), Carol, Phyllis (Bruce), and Steven Newman; grandchildren Kate and Nathan Newman; and sister Helen (the late Sam) Dickerman. He was predeceased in death by his parents, Morris and Frieda, and his brother, Leonard (the late Shirley) Newman.

Walter was extremely proud to have served with the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed in India, during World War II, was honorably discharged as a Technical Sergeant, and was a life member of the China-Burma-India Veterans Association.

Following the war, Walter attended Oklahoma A&M (now OSU), where he received a BA in Architecture, and later studied at The Royal Institute of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark. He subsequently earned two Masters Degrees: one in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the other a Master of City Design from Miami University of Ohio, where he also taught several courses in Architecture.

Walter worked as an architect and a city planner, drafting the Master Plans for several towns in Ohio and Pennsylvania, but his legacy is most evident throughout the City of Naperville, where he served as the Director of Community Development and Zoning Administrator from 1976 to 1995. He retired in 1996 as the Director of Economic Development. During his long tenure, Walter helped the City Council create an Historic Preservation Ordinance and Historic District; directed a comprehensive revision of the City's Zoning Ordinance; and undertook the herculean task of developing Naperville's first Comprehensive Master Plan, which set the tone for development for years to come, and helped to transform Naperville from a small town into one of the fastest growing cities in the Midwest. Under his direction, the Department of Community Development issued over 30,000 building permits for new homes, implemented strict guidelines for business signage to help enhance the City's aesthetic appeal, and required that builders donate land to establish local parks and open spaces for public use. Walter was also intimately involved in the final design and siting of the Municipal Center on the Naperville Riverwalk; lent his expertise in the expansion of North Central College; and represented the City on the Naperville Planning Commission, the Historic Sites Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Building Review Board. In his later years, he volunteered at the Naper Settlement to help archive the City's history. In 2011, Walter was named to Naperville's Hall of Honor in recognition of his tremendous impact and contribution to the City, and for helping to create the Naperville we know today.

In addition to his dedication to his work and family, Walter was an avid clock collector, a voracious reader, and world traveler. He was also a member and volunteer treasurer of The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.

Services were private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to help fund a remembrance in Walter's name in the City of Naperville. Please send to the Walter Newman Memorial Fund, c/o Carol Newman, 2913 Kentshire Circle, Naperville, IL 60564

Published by Naperville Sun on Oct. 4, 2020.
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Walter will be sorely missed. We loved you dear cousin and enjoyed our visit with you, our phone conversations and all of our book discussions. You were an amazing person and led an amazing life. May you rest in peace.
Edythe and Samuel Newman
October 24, 2020
Our condolences to all our Newman cousins. Uncle Walter was a kind, sweet man. We know you will miss him. May his memory be a blessing.
Irene Dickerman and Trudi Terry
October 15, 2020
My dear friends Walt and Midge were so very special to me. We met at a
"Thank God For Israel," Day over 20 years ago. I thank God for our friendship through the years. We traveled to the upper north woods one
fall and had such a delightful time. I loved to hear the stories of their
world travels and adventures. We will deeply miss them both and send our love and our prayers to the family.
Nancy & Paul T'Koy
October 14, 2020
Phyllis - I am so sad to hear of your dad's passing! I remember the first time I met him, I asked to put a campaign sign in his yard. I knocked on the door and was immediately pulled in by your dad's wit, charm and amazing stories, not to mention all of the beautiful clocks and flow blue around the home! I never forgot that visit and I am sure you have so many wonderful memories of your dad. He will always be with you.
Shannon McHugh
October 13, 2020
Joellen Mathews
October 5, 2020
As a neighbor, I met Midge on one of her walks with her beloved dog, Buddy. We struck up a conversation and a friendship, which led to meeting Walter. What a unique man. Warm, welcoming, curious, immensely interesting, and a source of ever-present kindness.

My family feel blessed to have spent time with Walter, Midge, and her family, and our deepest sympathy is extended to them.
Jody Mathews
October 5, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Walter was a great gentleman and raised a wonderful family. RIP sir.
Tom Wehrli
October 4, 2020
Wow Carol your Dad was a LEGEND!!! I’m totally in awe of all of his accomplishments. He was blessed having you as his daughter. I’m so sorry for your loss. So many memories will remain in your heart forever ❤
Rosanne Hall
October 3, 2020
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