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Neumann, Henry

NEUMANN, HENRY (1882–1966), U.S. Ethical Culture leader. Neumann, who was born in New York, became leader of the newly formed Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture in 1911, serving until his retirement in 1961. He also taught ethics in New York's Ethical Culture schools. In 1922, with his wife Julie, he founded the Brooklyn Ethical Culture School. Neumann's work reflects a combination of classic wit, moral rigor, and ethical humanism. Chief among his seven books is Education for Moral Growth (1923). Key figure in the American Ethical Union (Federation of Ethical Culture Societies), he was editor of The Standard (later the Ethical Outlook) and chairman of the Fraternity of Ethical Leaders (1952–61).