Beloved Gadsden surgeon Newman dies at the age of 85

Dr. Lucien Newman Jr. is pictured with his wife, Jane.  Newman, a Gadsden surgeon for more than 50 years, died Wednesday 11 January 2023 at the age of 85.

A memorial service is set for 11 am on Saturday at First Baptist Church of Gadsden for Dr. Lucien Newman Jr., surgeon at Gadsden for more than half a century and a man beloved by friends, colleagues and patients.

Newman, 85, who was described by longtime friend Larry Foreman as a “giant man in every way,” died Wednesday at his home.

He practiced in Gadsden for 52 years, from 1968 until his retirement in 2020, but left his mark on the community in other ways.

Newman founded and taught in the EMS/Paramedic program at Gadsden State Community College, and has trained many first responders. The school’s annual award given to the program’s outstanding student is named after him.

He also served as chief of staff at both local hospitals, Gadsden Regional Medical Center and Riverview Regional Medical Center; was a patron/patron of the arts and outdoor groups; He was an early supporter of Westminster (now Westbrook) Christian School, whose three children and four grandchildren attended the school.

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