Dr. Bruce Newlin 
 1934 - 2024 
Join us in celebrating Dr. Bruce Newlin, a man who lived life with purpose, curiosity, and great amusement. A church service will be held on May 31st, followed by a reception (details below).

To honor Bruce, please wear your best Hawaiian shirt.
Dr. Bruce Newlin, 89, of Rancho Mirage, California, passed away on April 27, 2024. He was surrounded by his wife and soulmate Karin, his two daughters, Heather and Amanda, and his three grandchildren, Rémy, Osa, and Sierra.

Bruce was born on July 21,1934 in New Jersey to Henry and Annabelle. The family relocated to California early in Bruce’s life, and he called Glendale home for his formative years. A Bruin through and through, he earned a Bachelors, a Masters, and a Doctorate in Education from UCLA. Years later, he returned as a faculty member for the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and became the Founding Director of the Principal Leadership Institute.

Although Bruce’s later years were defined by his contribution to the field of Education, his first love was baseball, and he pitched professionally for the Yankees organization. After his career in sports ended, Bruce went into teaching, where his curiosity for both learning and people propelled him quickly into leadership roles. He served as the Superintendent of Schools for five school districts throughout California, receiving the California School Board Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Award for Leadership, and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA): Administrator of the Year Award.

Bruce's passion for purpose took him through three “retirements” and drove him to contribute at the local, state, national, and international levels. Highlights of his career include serving as Chairman of California’s State Curriculum Commission, the State Teacher Credentialing Commission, the Governor’s Advisory Council for Education, and the Governor’s Business Roundtable. He served on the National Advisory Board for the J. Paul Getty Trust in Education, IBM’s National Advisory Board for Education, The International Network of Principals Centers, and the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).

While his career enriched Bruce’s life in many ways, the best gift it brought him was his wife Karin, whom he met one fateful afternoon in Lancaster, California, while touring classrooms as the new Assistant Superintendent. They were married on July 11, 1976 at the Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes. Together, they enjoyed 47 happy years of marriage, and had two beautiful children. Despite his full career, Bruce somehow still managed to be a father who never missed a volleyball game, made breakfast every morning, read books in bed every night, played ‘HORSE’ in the driveway, and showed kindness and love through the tiny gestures of parenthood that often go unnoticed.

With a deep love of history, Bruce would often be found reading historical non-fiction. He was a sports fan who enjoyed great play, but didn’t care much about the outcome unless his Bruins were on the court. Whenever possible, he made time for tennis matches, ski trips, and Hawaiian beaches, and often spent evenings at the theater and concerts.

We invite you to join us in honoring Dr. Newlin’s life and legacy, and to celebrate the memory of a truly remarkable man.
May 31, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Church of the Recessional
Forest Lawn, Glendale
For those who are unable to attend in person, but still wish to join us, please use the following link for the live stream of the service:

May 31, 2024, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The Tam O'Shanter
2980 Los Feliz Blvd.,
Los Angeles California
Join us for food, drinks, and stories at one of Bruce’s favorite local restaurants. Please bring a memory of Bruce to share.

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