Walter Neustadt, Jr, 90, died January 5th at his Dallas home after a brief illness.
He was born March 9, 1919, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to Walter Neustadt, Sr. and Doris Westheimer Neustadt. After attending Mercersberg Academy preparatory school, Neustadt received his BS from Yale University in 1940 and a Masters Degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1941. In 2005, Neustadt was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Oklahoma where he was on the Board of Regents from 1969-1976. He served as a trustee on the University of Oklahoma Foundation where he was chairman for 10 years and in 1977, received the University of Oklahoma Distinguished Service Citation. Neustadt was responsible for the initial and additional funding for the permanent endowment of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Neustadt was President of Westheimer-Neustadt Corporation in Ardmore and senior partner of Neustadt Land and Development Company. He was a National Trustee for National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, Colorado. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1943 and Air Force Combat Intelligence, 8th Air Force 1943-1945. He was a 33rd Degree Mason, Ardmore Lodge 31, McAlester Consistory, India Temple.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Dottie, his sister, Joan Weil, his brother Allen (Marilyn), and his three daughters, Nancy (Scott) Barcelo, Watertown, Mass., Susan Schwartz, Dallas, and Kathy Neustadt Hankin, Denver, and his six grandchildren, Sam and Emmy Barcelo, Elizabeth and Katie Schwartz, Tess and Josh Hankin, whom he loved so much.
Funeral will be held at Temple Emanu-el, 8500 Hillcrest Drive, on Sunday, January 10, 2010, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Walter, Jr. and Dolores K. Neustadt Scholarship Fund. Please make checks payable to the University of Oklahoma Foundation and indicate Neustadt Scholarship Fund #42351 on the memo line. Send to or contact: Karen Renfroe, Regional Major Gift Director, The University of Oklahoma, 339 West Boyd, Whitehand Hall, Norman, OK 73019, email@example.com or (405) 325-3366.