Newton Everett Godnick, of Princeton Jct, NJ, 94


Newton Everett Godnick, of Princeton Jct, NJ, died peacefully on May 30 at the age of 94.

Newton is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Sherley; daughters Jenny (Deb Karvelas) and Stacy (Lisa Perricone); son Michael (Steven Cohen deceased); sister Hermine Basnight; niece Beatrice Basnight; nephews Jim Basnight and Sam Basnight (deceased); sister-in-law Flora Atkins; brother-in-law Thurston Atkins; and many cousins, colleagues and friends.

Newton was born on May 22, 1926 in the Bronx, New York to parents Lillian and Samuel Godnick. He graduated from Bronx High School of Science, Rutgers University BS, and New York University MS.

A kind man with an inquiring mind, his employment history reflects his diverse interests: Newton was a landscape architect with his own nursery, a buyer in retail, and chairman of the Fashion Buying and Merchandise Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Newton was well respected as a leader and educator. After retiring from FIT in 1992, he maintained relationships with many students providing counsel and friendship.

His children remember him as a patient and devoted father who encouraged them to pursue their interests. He was a passionate story teller, historian and had a marvelous sense of humor.  He loved politics, baseball (especially the N.Y. Yankees), old movies, nature and gardening. His ability to remember lyrics to popular, film and Broadway songs was impressive.

In retirement, Newton and Sherley traveled the world and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

At Newton’s request, no services will be held.

In lieu of sending flowers, condolences may be sent to134 Harris Road, Princeton Jct, NJ 08550. Donations in his memory may be made to The Nature Conservancy (, Alzheimer’s Association-Greater NJ Chapter ( or Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County (