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Jane Newhall dies at 97

Longtime SCV benefactor who helped found Henry Mayo dies at home on East Coast

Posted: July 28, 2011 9:00 a.m.
Updated: July 28, 2011 9:00 a.m.
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Jane Newhall

Jane Newhall, a prominent member of the Newhall family and benefactor of many institutions in the Santa Clarita Valley, died Wednesday in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. She was 97.

Newhall, a lifelong resident of San Francisco, was the great-granddaughter of Henry Mayo Newhall, founder of the town of Newhall in 1876.

She was the first cousin of Scott Newhall, who was publisher of The Newhall Signal from 1963 to 1988.

She was born in San Francisco in 1913 and attended Mills College in Oakland, where she was an honors graduate in chemistry. She worked in the laboratory of Shell Oil for 10 years.

Jane Newhall served as a director of the Newhall Land & Farming Company from 1960 until its sale to Lennar in 2004.
She also served as a director of the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, a family foundation based in San Francisco, from its inception in 1963 and was still serving at the time of her death.

As president of the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation she initiated the founding grant in 1967 of $25,000 to form the Newhall Boys Club, later renamed The Boys & Girls Club of the Santa Clarita Valley.

She was also among the initial donors who helped establish Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. During the ’70s and ’80s, part of the hospital was named the Jane Newhall wing.

Jane Newhall spent her summers on her grandmother’s ancestral estate on Martha’s Vineyard, an island just off Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It was there that she suffered a stroke in early July and then contracted pneumonia.

Jane Newhall never married and had no children. Services are pending.



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