Joseph Herbert Newman, 95, of Jupiter, Fla., died July 1, 2020. He was born and grew up in Brooklyn, moving to West Orange in 1950, where he lived for 40 years until 1990, when he moved to Florida. He continued to spend summers in New Jersey.
Mr. Newman started his career in the construction materials and aviation industries before transitioning to building science and construction technology, where he excelled professionally for three decades and was a nationally recognized innovator. He retired as executive vice president and director emeritus at Tishman Realty & Construction Co., Inc., and as president and CEO of Tishman Research Corporation. At Tishman, he developed and championed innovations that produced advances across the commercial construction industry.
He was a member emeritus of the National Academy of Engineering; a presidentially appointed member and former chairman of the National Institute of Building Sciences; past chairman of the real estate community’s Building Research Advisory Board, New York Building Congress, and Joint Energy Committee; and former member of numerous professional committees and boards.
He earned a bachelor and master of chemical engineering at Polytechnic University, where he served as a trustee and chairman of the university’s Board of Fellows.
Beyond his professional service, he served as former commissioner of the Essex County (NJ) Improvement Authority, former chairman of The First Occupational Center of New Jersey, and former director of Phoenix House and the Hebrew Free Loan Society.
Since his retirement in 1988, he enjoyed playing golf at both The Club at Admirals Cove in Jupiter, where he served on the board of governors, and Crestmont Country Club in West Orange.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Doris; his daughter, Jane Newman (Andrew) Kessler; his son, Douglas Newman (Carole Anzalone-Newman); a brother, Sheldon (Helene) Newman; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A private family service will be held in New Jersey. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth Am in Jupiter (templebetham.com) or Jupiter Medical Center Foundation (jmcfoundation.org).