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In memoriam: Soledad Perez Newman

11/08/2010

Soledad Perez Newman, 91, died Sunday, Oct. 3, in her home in Houston, Texas. She taught in Miami University's department of English for 20 years, retiring in 1988.

She earned a master's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. Her rich Mexican background enabled her to teach and write about Mexican life and folklore.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Kendall Newman, in 1969. He taught in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at Miami.

She is survived by her son, William Robert (Gwendolyn); their sons Robert Kendall and Aaron Joseph all of Virginia Beach, Va.; a daughter, Teresa Catherine of Houston; Luis and Janice Perez, Porfirio and Margaret Perez; a sister-in-law Evelyn Newman of Deiray Beach, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert K. Newman Award for Excellence in Spanish in memory of Soledad Newman at Miami University.

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