Jean Newton: Beloved PR specialist lent her expertise to good causes


Longtime Los Altos resident Jean Newton Fraguglia, a well-liked and respected local public relations entrepreneur who helped launch the trailblazing Rotary AIDS Project, died Sept. 5 at her home. She was 67.

Born Jan. 13, 1951, Mrs. Newton Fraguglia was raised in Sioux Falls, S.D., the daughter of Margaret and Norman Hanna and older sister to John Hanna.

She attended Lincoln Senior High School and the University of South Dakota and earned a degree in English from San Jose State University.

A devoted mother to sons Ryan and Chad, Mrs. Newton Fraguglia was considered a second mom to many, and her warm and inviting personality endeared her to friends, neighbors and even casual passersby wherever she went.

A member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos since 1990, Mrs. Newton Fraguglia developed the collateral and handled the initial public relations for the international Rotary AIDS Project and the Peabody Award-winning film “The Los Altos Story.”

She founded her own public relations firm, JNPR, in 1984, helped launch a variety of public education and awareness campaigns for recycling programs and handled the advertising, publicity and event planning for the Silicon Valley Business & Leadership Conference, which featured national and international speakers.

Mrs. Newton Fraguglia was a professional writer with a successful and varied career, including writing for the Town Crier. She became a realtor in 2007, and worked at The Forum in Cupertino until her retirement.

She loved walking in Los Altos Hills, playing tennis, biking and running. Later, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Newton Fraguglia is survived by husband Steve Fraguglia, sons Ryan (Jackie) Newton and Chad (Grace) Newton, stepdaughter Lisa (Jimmy) Allen, granddaughter Lenora and step-grandchildren Brandon and Katie.

She will be remembered by numerous extended family in California, Oregon, South Dakota and Italy, as well as friends and community partners and colleagues.

Her memorial is scheduled 11 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 15) at Spangler Mortuary's Los Altos location. For more information, visit

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