In Memoriam

Mary Misch (Newmann)

Mary Misch (Newmann)

Obituary provided by the Alumnae Association

Mary Misch Newmann

7/31/2011 New York Times

Mary Misch Newman, 69, of Cambridge, MA, died peacefully of cancer on July 24, 2011, in Polson, Montana, surrounded by her loving family and the serenity of Flathead Lake. Kind, playful and generous of spirit, Mary enjoyed life to the fullest until the very end. She died with the same rare grace and strength with which she lived.

Mary was born in Manhattan in 1941 to Robert and Janet Misch. Educated at Dalton and Riverdale Country School, she graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1963 and earned masters degrees from Bank Street and NYU School of Social Work.

A lifelong leader in education, Mary began her career as founder of an international high school in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 1980, she became Director of the Churchill School and Center and then in 1986, Head of The Town School, both in Manhattan. In 1992, Mary was named Head of School at Buckingham Browne & Nichols in Cambridge where she played a critical role in integrating faculty and curriculum across three campuses. She was also largely responsible for rebuilding the upper school campus and for establishing partnerships with Boston institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts.

She was committed to fostering a sense of creativity, self-expression and wonder among children. Mary retired briefly in 2001, returning in 2003 to head Cambridge Friends School, where she again united a community committed to diversity, respect and social justice and built a foundation for future success.

Her success in leading four different schools stemmed from her profound faith in the unlimited capacity of children and a deep respect for teachers as professionals. These values permeated the vision and culture of each institution. Mary served on the boards of the Cambridge Community Foundation, Shady Hill School, Breakthrough for Children, Primary Source, Early Steps and Prospect Hill Academy.

Above all, Mary was a magnificent human being. The same qualities that enabled her to build and lead schools infused her relationships with family and friends. Her deep sense of caring, respect for differences, and ability to bring out the best in everyone drew people together and created enduring ties. Mary was the one to whom family, friends and colleagues turned for guidance, nurturing and inspiration.

Mary is survived by her beloved daughters Sara (Doug Sovern) and Emily (John Darrah) and their father John, her life partner Ted Smith, sister Katherine Koritzinsky (Allan), granddaughters Maxine and Sadie Newmann Darrah, niece Carolyn Fertig (Matt), nephew Bradley Koritzinsky (Keren) and grandnephews Jacob and Cameron Fertig and Yaniv Koritzinsky.


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02/19/13 12:29 PM #1    

Alice Godfrey (Andrus)

One of the Boston 63ers early weekends was at our retreat in Dalton, New Hampshire.  We hiked, walked, ate, talked and hung out at the Pond House to reflect on our lives at this point.  It was tranquil and mesmerizing to listen to my classmates.

The day was followed by a dinner at the Inn where most stayed.  Lil, Mary and all put together a rousing sing around the piano.  A fabulous photo of dear friends, Mary and Sue Horowitz Lane was taken.  I'll be bringing it to reunion.

Here are my words to our Boston group friends upon hearing of Mary's death:

For those who gathered in New Hampshire for that wonderful weekend, I am remembering the time around the piano and how happy she was to be singing with all of us.  In my dressing room in New Hampshire, one of the "songbooks" from that weekend peeks out from a shelf.  On its cover, that iconic photo of Mary and Sue Lane hugging each other...I cherish it and know you all cherish the times together with both of them.  Lots of love, Alice


Alice Godfrey Andrus

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07/09/13 09:43 AM #2    

Alice Godfrey (Andrus)

After a wonderful tribute, including Ann Eastman Yeoman's poem, friends of Mary Misch Newman are traveling mid-July to Montana to share in a memorial service for Mary's husband, Ted, who tragically died while hiking near his home. The friends include, Mary J. Raine, Anne Stephenson Glickman, and Margot and Bill Moomaw. Our thoughts and support are with them.  We send our love and thoughts to Mary's daughters, as well.



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