At the end of 2021, the Magnus Karate family lost a dedicated student, beloved friend, and cherished member of our community, Ted Newell.
Ted was an inspiration to us all - starting his martial arts journey in his 70’s following a distinguished career as an architect. Ted’s inquisitive mind and thirst for learning earned him degrees from Berkley and the University of Pennsylvania. Ted's welcoming, friendly disposition, and many talents were admired and respected by all who were lucky enough to know him.
In 2019 Ted Newell and his wife Vicki were the Magnus Foundation's first donors - spontaneously pulling out their check book when they first heard of the foundation’s inception. Since then he and the Newell family continued to be avid supporters and generous donors to the Magnus Foundation.
We believe Ted’s life and legacy are the perfect testimonials to the value of continuing education and we are honored to memorialize him through the “Ted Newell Educational Scholarship” program.
It was quite simply a true honor to have taught Ted martial arts. His brilliance, constant positive outlook on all that we do at Magnus, and sense of family will be missed.
I met Ted as a grandparent many years ago as his grandson was a year one Junior Magnus student back in 2010. Ted would later approach me about training and we got him started in our adult classes. At the time of him joining class, we had a small adult only group that would train two times a week in the later part of the night. Within two classes, Ted had become a part of our "family". He truly enjoyed his training partners and any time we were around each other he asked about all of them individually. I will never forget hosting multiple private trainings followed by brunch at my house with our adult crew and having Ted over to enjoy training and sit at our family's table. I was so impressed with his curiosity and eagerness to learn new skills.
As a young 30 year old teacher who had a great passion for what he was teaching and learning, I never overlooked the fact that a 70+ year old man with the deep life experience that he had would want to study with me and that he called me Sensei. Ted loved training martial arts and frequently complimented our methods and how it was such a positive to his life. I never took those compliments lightly. He was incredibly coachable, never afraid to reach out to ask questions about his training or asking to talk about my travels and how they had impacted what I was teaching the group.
Ted and I had so many great conversations after classes about his impressive life, his family, and his viewpoints on community development. Every time we spoke after class, I would ask him many questions about his travels in the Navy, his journeys as an architect, and his house in Montana. It was a gift to learn about his life, I strive to reach his greatness. Throughout the winter of 2020 and spring of 2021 I had the opportunity to work with him privately numerous times - I cherish that time deeply and will never forget the trust he had in what I taught him.
Ted was a renowned architect here in the United States, a Vietnam War veteran (Submariner - US Navy), and a true family man. He loved his wife, children, and grandchildren deeply.
Ted, his wife Vicki, and their children have become some of the largest supporters and donors to The Magnus Foundation. He truly believed in what it stands for and was excited about its future.
I learned a great deal from my time with Ted. He had such a young vibrant soul, above all else he taught me that truly amazing things can be accomplished in a short period of time and that greatness never sleeps. Ted was not only my student, he became my friend.
Thank you for your interest in our Ted Newell Educational Scholarships.
Our 2022 application is now available. We will be accepting scholarship applications from March 1st until April 1st.
Please contact us at email@example.com to have your copy of the Ted Newell Educational Scholarship sent directly to you.