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Lyman W. Newlin, book seller, publisher May 26, 1910 -- Sept. 20, 2005

Lyman W. Newlin of Lewiston, who had a career in book selling and publishing that spanned nearly 70 years, died Tuesday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital after a lengthy struggle with prostate cancer. The father of Lewiston Town Supervisor Fred Newlin, he was 95.

Born in Buda, Ill., he grew up in Kansas and attended the College of Emporia and the University of Chicago.

Mr. Newlin was the manager of Follett Book Co. in Chicago, then managed the Kroch's and Brentano's bookstore in Chicago. Later, he managed the Minnesota Book Store at the University of Minnesota.

In the 1960s and 1970s, he was vice president of Richard Abel and Co., a book distributing company in Zion, Ill. He came to Lewiston in 1981 as merchandise manager for Coutts Library Services. He also operated his own company, Broadwater Books, which markets books to academic and professional organizations.

Earlier this year, he was recognized in New York City for his career in publishing by the national Book Exposition of America. At age 92, he was co-author of a highly regarded book, "Scholarly Publishing."

Mr. Newlin counted two American vice presidents, Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale, among his friends. He spent many hours fishing with them and others when he owned and operated a fishing lodge in Cass County, Minn.

Active in civic affairs in Lewiston, he led the effort to build the Lewiston Library in the early 1990s and served as chairman of its board of trustees. He was a member of the Lewiston Democratic Committee and the Lewiston Senior Advisory Committee. In 2001, he was awarded the Key to the Village of Lewiston by Mayor Richard Soluri.

Having lived in many places, he was an active member of both Messiah and Zion Lutheran churches, serving on their Church Councils for many years.

He enjoyed the natural world, ornithology, fishing and birding, as well as watching football and soccer.

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, the former Evy Magnusson, and two sons, Fred and Erik, both of Lewiston.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 915 Oneida St. His body will be donated to the University at Buffalo Medical School.


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