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February 2, 1984

New York

And now, civil retirement for NBC's Edwin Newman

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NBC News correspondent Edwin Newman retired Tuesday, ending a 43-year career in journalism. Newman had worked in 35 foreign countries for NBC. Mr. Newman said he and his wife, who is British, will be spending more time in London. ''That will also enable us to see our daughter.'' The Newmans' daughter, Nancy Drucker, and her husband both teach at the University of Edinburgh.

Newman also earned a reputation as a watchdog on English usage with two best-selling books, ''Strictly Speaking: Will America Be the Death of English'' (1974) and ''A Civil Tongue'' (1976).