Charldean Newell, 1939-2014

Charldean Newell, 75, Regents Professor Emerita of Public Administration at UNT, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Presbyterian Hospital in Denton surrounded by long-time friends.

The only child of Charles T. Newell and Mildred Dean Looney Newell (hence her name), Charldean was born October 14, 1939 in Fort Worth where she was raised.

After graduating from Carter Riverside High School in Fort Worth, Charldean went to the University of North Texas (then North Texas State College) where she received B.A. and M.A. degrees. During her time at UNT she made numerous life-long friends, joined St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and became an avid supporter of UNT.

Charldean went on to receive a PH.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and returned to St. Barnabas and UNT in 1965 as member of the faculty of political science. She retired from UNT in 2002.

During her years at UNT, Charldean was a mentor to hundreds of students and colleagues. Known by her friends as a force of nature, Charldean was passionate about education and helping those in need. She was generous beyond measure and worked tirelessly to make the world a better place.

Even in retirement, Charldean continued to write textbooks, to teach for the International City/County Management Association, to serve on stewardship and building committees at St. Barnabas and to lend her support to a wide variety of causes.

Her professional highlights include chair of political science department; twice serving as associate vice president for academic affairs; and special assistant to the chancellor for planning. She was also the founding director of special projects for the Federation of North Texas Area Universities. Charldean co-authored four books and more than 50 articles, chapters and monographs.

Her major professional honors and recognitions include honorary member of both International City/County Management Association and Texas Municipal Clerks Association; recipient of Elmer Staats Career Public Service Award from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration; election to the National Academy of Public Administration and recipient of the Mortar Board Alumni Achievement Award. At the University of North Texas she received a Special Recognition Award on Honors Day, the President’s Council Service Award, NT Exes Distinguished Service Award, Hiram Friedsam Award and the Dean’s Award from the School of Community Service. She also served as chair of the Faculty Senate.

Her community and professional service highlights include service as chair of the Denton Public Utilities Board, president of the Denton Christian Pre-School, chair of the Denton Fire and Police Civil Commission, chair of the Denton Charter Revision Committee, Senior Warden at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, and Executive Committee of the Diocese of Dallas. She served on the National Executive Councils of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha, Pi Alpha Alpha, Municipal Clerks Education Foundation, ICMA University Board of Regents and Voluntary Credentialing Advisory Board; and a member of the Denton Human Society board of directors.

In her characteristic fashion, for her 75th birthday Charldean asked that anyone who wanted to honor her donate to one of her favorite charities: the Denton Humane Society, Our Daily Bread or the Denton Christian Preschool.

A life-long animal lover, Charldean first became a dog owner late in life at the urging of a young friend. Charldean would proceed to “rescue” three companions who became part of Charldean’s happy life–Bobbie, Teddy and Robbie. Robbie was with her during her final hours and has many options for a new home among Charldean’s family of friends.

Charldean is survived by several cousins and numerous close friends.