"But just to make sure about everything, we
repeated our vows at Temple Israel on our 50th
Told by an anti-Semitic U-M dean that "we
ophia and Dr. Max Newman loved get-
already have too many of your kind" in the
ting married so much that they had
medical field, Max said he was thwarted in his
first attempt to enter medical school there, but
Getting married to each other more
he and a group of other Jewish students made it
than once may be the secret to long-lasting rela-
an issue — and the dean eventually was ousted.
tionships, because on Tuesday, July 23, they cel-
Max graduated fifth in his class, and later creat-
ebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
ed the Newman Family Foundation, making sig-
It's an amazing accomplishment in an era
nificant contributions for U-M physical medi-
when the nation
cine students. He also helped start the American
cent, engagements are often broken and
Academy of Physical Medicine and
romances seem to change with the wind.
Rehabilitation, which now has 7,000 members
Dr. Newman, 93, has been a physician for 68
years and still practices with his two sons at the
Max still drives and sees about five patients a
Detroit Institute of Physical Medicine and
in his own office, lined with more than
Rehabilitation in Southfield. Mrs. Newman, 91,
100 plaques and certificates. He keeps up with
pretty much sticks around their Bloomfield
advances in his field by taking the required 150
Township home. They observed the big anniver-
hours of classes, seminars and written exams
sary at a quiet family dinner.
He even prepares quizzes on new medical
Sophia Rosenzweig's parents came from
for his sons, Dr. Donald Newman
Poland and England to Louisville, Ky., where
Newman, both of Bloomfield
she was born, then to the Detroit area to open a
senior Newmans' other children
tailor shop. She attended Wayne University and
Phyllis of Dallas and
became a Detroit teacher.
Geoffrey of Kansas City. There also are 10
Born in Massachusetts, Max Karl Newman
arrived in the area with his Polish parents, who
Sophia and Max lived in Arizona for 11 years,
opened a clothing business. He had a bar mitz-
he maintained a practice, before returning
vah at a small Orthodox synagogue on Division
because they "missed the family."
Street in Detroit, attended Cass Technical High
back pain as the most prevalent
School, Wayne University and the University of
complaint among patients today. He points out
Michigan's medical school (Class of '34). •
that people can often avoid surgery by "trying
The couple met at a friend's Walled Lake cot-
the many rehabilitation techniques to treat
tage. Max said he "knew the first day I saw her
that I would marry her, because of her personali- chronic neurological diseases."
Dr. Donald Newman comments: "Other
of medicine add years to a person's life;
Walking with a limp to this day due to polio,
adding life to those years. My par-
Max said Sophia made him feel comfortable,
and "accepted me for who I was." Sophia said he ents are amazing, and we're all proud of
"had a physical impairment, not a handicap."
Once honored at an Israel Bonds dinner,
Their First wedding took place a year later,
Newmans belong to "every Jewish organi-
July 23, 1932, by a justice of the peace in
there. is," says Max.
Franklin, Pa., where Max was doing a hospital
advice do they have for marriage
externship. "I borrowed $3 from her to pay the
"Always follow the Golden Rule,"
judge," Max recalls. "She was working then and
who had three siblings who also
reached their 90s. Adds Max: "Always work
But Sophia's father wanted the couple to have
things out together, and use your own parents
a religious marriage, so they were wed again, by
a standard for your marriage. 'We've seen it
a Reform rabbi in Erie, Pa. Then Max's parents
... depressions, wars, faltering economies.
wanted a more religious ceremony, so they were
I'm confident the younger generation will
married again, by an Orthodox rabbi at home.
and work everything out." El
"I think that satisfied everyone," Max says.
Special to the Jewish News
Di: Max and Sophia Newman
getting it right
has carried them