Clayton Memories

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Eric Newman

Interview by Ricky Kuehn

Eric Newman was born on May 25, 1911 in St. Louis. He and his family moved to a Clayton home when he was 10 and continued to live in for 92 years until recently moving into an condominium with his wife. He grew up in St. Louis and attended John Burroughs High School as the first graduating class in 1923. From a young age, he took an interest in collecting coins. He frequented Burdette G. Johnson’s coin store in St. Louis. Newman and Johnson quickly became close friends and Johnson acted as a mentor. After graduating from Burroughs, Newman attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later Washington University where he earned his J.D. He practiced law in the St. Louis area until 1943 when he was hired by Edison Brothers Stores, a store chain. He rose to vice president in 1968 before retiring in 1987. After retirement, Newman continued his coin collection. Today, he has an internationally renowned privately owned coin collection displayed at the Newman Money Museum.

More Links:

2014St. Louis Character: Eric P. Newman, a century of collected Memories

2010 –  Eric Newman Discovers Audubon’s First Engraved Illustration

2010 – Local numismatic scholar Eric Newman’s discovery of an Audubon etching has set the scholarly world afire

2010 – Numismatist Newman makes Audubon find

2006 – Newman Money Museum to open at Washington University in St. Louis Oct. 25

2006 – Newman Money Museum Opening

2004 – Eric Newman Honored by University

2004 – Faculty, friends to receive Founders Day awards

2003 – $2 million gift establishes Newman Money Museum at Sam Fox Arts Center

2003 – Background on Eric P. Newman

2003 – Background on Evelyn E. Newman

1981 – Archives of the University of Missouri – Honorary Degrees

Eric P. Newman Education Center

Google Links

Wikipedia – Eric P. Newman


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