Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi,
It is with heavy hearts that we extend our deepest condolences on the passing of one of our beloved Sisters and an Honorary Member of the National Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, Jean Newman. As we come together with Tau Beta Sigma in mourning, we recognize the profound impact she had not only on the Sorority but within Kappa Kappa Psi as well.
Jean was the 25th National President of Tau Beta Sigma, presiding over the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Sorority from 1993-1995. A Life Member of the Zeta Xi chapter at San Diego State University, Jean also served as Vice Chair and Chair of our Board of Trustees. With all her heart, Jean loved Tau Beta Sigma and unselfishly gave her time, talents, and gifts to our organization for more than 40 years. Jean was a true mentor who inspired others with her independence, strength, and consistent leadership. She will forever be remembered for her kindness and loyalty and for living the ideals and principles of our organization in every aspect of her life.
To share remembrances, photographs, or notes of gratitude with the Joint National Chapter please use the following form: https://www.tbsigma.org/remembrances/. The Tau Beta Sigma National Council plans to use submissions for the Sorority’s 2025 National Convention Memorial Ceremony. If you plan to share your memories via social media, please include the hashtag #TBSigmaRemembers.
Recognizing the significance of personal reflections and stories that illuminate the essence of Jean’s influence on Kappa Kappa Psi, I asked Past National President Tim Greenwell to share his personal experiences with Jean and the impact that she had on him as a Brother and leader of our Fraternity.
“Jean Newman saw no boundaries or limitations in nurturing the joint relationships of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. She continually modeled the shared opportunities possible to all of us through open communication, inclusiveness, collaborative discussions, and thoughtful planning. I knew during my service as a national officer, and ever since, that Jean was someone I could go to for perspective and empowerment to be the best Brother and Sister in working with others to move the organizations forward. She personally encouraged me to stay on the pathway of service on the national level and celebrated each achievement as if we were related by blood. For her, there was never a question of the Bond being strong and personal. I always admired her honest, straightforward, tell it like it is, get it done demeanor; and I will now miss those traits and her presence in our lives.”
— Tim Greenwell, Past National President, Kappa Kappa Psi
As we navigate this period of mourning, let us draw strength from the bond that unites us as Sisters and Brothers of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi. Together, we honor Jean Newman’s memory, celebrating the life of a remarkable leader, friend, and mentor.
In the Bond,
Bang T. Co
National President, Kappa Kappa Psi
Honorary Member, National Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma
Life Member, Alpha Zeta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi