Deceased September 22, 2022
He was born in Northampton, Mass., to Hamilton and Faith Newell. He grew up in Amherst, attending Amherst High School and Amherst College, where he majored in economics. Throughout his life, he credited his excellent writing and editing skills to English 1 and 2. He served the College on the Committee to Elect Trustees. From a young age, Norman worked at the family printing business, Hamilton I. Newell, Inc. He began sweeping the floors, eventually taking over the business from his father. During the decades when Newell Printing printed The Amherst Student, he enjoyed getting to know the editors.
Norman married Marion Eshbach on July 4, 1967, and had two children. He made it clear to me at an early age that he would not support my matriculation at Williams or Wesleyan.
Norman was active in the Amherst community, serving as a Town Meeting representative, on the finance committee, and in several service and nonprofit organizations.
Sports, especially baseball, were Norman’s favorite hobby. He grew up a Boston Braves fan, finally forgiving the Red Sox for driving the Braves out of town during the 1967 Impossible Dream season. He was a softball player into his 50s and still took the extra base during a Vintage Baseball game in his 70s.
Norman and Marion moved to Cape Cod in 1997 after retiring from the printing business. They lived in Eastham for 15 years before moving to Indiana in 2010 to be closer to their grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Marion Newell; children Aimee E. Newell ’92 and Nat Newell; two granddaughters; and four siblings.
Aimee E. Newell ’92