The City of Henderson reports former Mayor Dr. William L. Newman passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 88.
Newman, who was a dentist by profession, began serving his first two terms on the Henderson Board of Commissioners in 1966 and served six consecutive terms as Henderson’s mayor.
During his time in office, Newman served in leadership roles on the Green River Area Development District Board of Directors and served as board member and president of the Kentucky League of Cities.
Newman played a key role in bringing Anaconda (now Century Aluminum), Eaton Axle (now Dana Holding Corp.) and Firestone (now Accuride) and others to the community.
Among his many board appointments were Henderson Municipal Housing Authority Board and the Methodist Hospital Board. He also was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Henderson Rotary Club.
Two notable marks of his civic legacy are The William L. Newman Recreational Complex on Sand Lane operated by the City of Henderson and the Henderson William L. Newman Station Two generation plant.
Henderson City Manager Russell Sights released this statement on Newman:
“Bill Newman was an advisor and counselor to me on many occasions as a young city manager. He loved Henderson and always thought we needed to do what was best for the citizens, even if it was not popular at the time.”
Newman graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1950, is a U.S. Army veteran, and graduated from University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1957. He started his dental practice in Henderson in 1957.
His three children Leslie, Virginia Sue, and Assistant City Manager William L. “Buzzy” Newman all reside in Henderson.