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School Principal Found Dead at Home

Principal Tim Culbertson is said to have been found dead of natural causes in his home.

Update: Newark Unified School District officials and parents of local students are expressing surprise and sadness over the death of a local school principal.

District officials said Tuesday they have received news of the death of Tim Culbertson, principal of the .

The family notified the school district of Culbertson’s death, and an email to employees was sent out soon afterward, school officials said.

An official with the Alameda County Coroner's Office confirmed Wednesday that Culbertson was found dead in his Fremont home of natural causes.

Newark's Board of Education dedicated its Tuesday meeting to the late principal.

Board President Charlie Mensinger said Culbertson was a strong advocate for students and education.

"He was a very, very good man," said Mensinger, who expressed regret on behalf of the board. "We wish his family the best."

Gary Stadler, parent of a Newark Memorial High School student, said the news of Culbertson’s death has impacted the school community as a whole.

“He was a great guy,” said Stadler, who said Culbertson was a good friend. 

Counselors will be on hand at MacGregor on Wednesday to assist students and staff, with said Liz Warren, executive assistant to the district superintendent.

Culbertson headed the center, which includes the district’s adult school along with Crossroads Alternative School and the district’s Community Day School.

Randall Yudan June 08, 2011 at 02:14 AM
RIP Tim Culbertson.
Gary Stadler June 08, 2011 at 03:47 AM
I join others in mourning the loss of Tim Culbertson. We lost a great principal and man today. Tim was our leader at McGregor campus as well as Bridgepoint High School. Tim, RIP, you will be missed.
Jody Montgomery June 08, 2011 at 02:11 PM
So very sad to hear this news. Thoughts go out to his family, his friends, his colleagues, his staff and the children whose lives have been touched.
DANIEL HUBBY June 08, 2011 at 02:56 PM
I had the chance to get to know him and he will be greatly missed.
Sheree Grayson June 08, 2011 at 04:00 PM
I miss you dad. Thank you to everyone for this, it means a lot to his family. Thank you for keeping him and us in your hearts. Sheree Grayson.
Newark Flower Shoppe June 08, 2011 at 04:16 PM
We all at Newark Flower Shoppe, sends our deepest sympathy out to his family. Andrelina
Ronald E Van Ryn June 08, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Had the pleasure of working as a substitute teacher for Tim at Bridgepoint many times. My condolences to his family and to the staff and students at " The Point ". He was a very nice man and dedicated administrator who will be sorely missed. To Paula and all the office staff that worked side by side with Tim every day, my thoughts and prayers are especially with you. Sad time at " our " school.
kimberly June 08, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Honestly cant believe Mr C is gone this is crazy e was a funny guy who made jokes and i had fun talking to him whenever i saw him so my deepest condolences to his family he was a wonderful person who cared for his students even if sometimes we kids didnt want to believe.
the sister June 08, 2011 at 08:31 PM
MR.c was my Principal he was very devoted to his work an he made the fealing at the school fun to go! your greatly missed MR.C!!
maria nunez June 08, 2011 at 10:43 PM
What a shock..the loss of a truly nice, compassionate, caring individual. As my former Assist. Principal we had the best time ever and still got the job done with an A+ result (!) I so regret that I did not have the chance to re-connect after my retirement. I will always have fond memories of you and your family. Just yesterday I played "Fred the Dinosaur" for my grandkids. I will miss you brother Tim. With love, Maria Nunez ( retired principal of Pacific Grove Adult Education)
Nadja Adolf June 09, 2011 at 04:57 AM
So sad. This is a tragedy for the students, faculty, and city of Newark.
Nika Megino (Editor) June 09, 2011 at 04:58 PM
I am working on another feature on Tim Culbertson. I have heard he is a great father, friend, educator and had an incredible passion for music. Anyone who would like to share memories of Tim Culbertson with me can contact me at nika.megino@patch.com to set up a time to talk.
Carl Larson June 10, 2011 at 05:30 AM
Principal Tim Culbertson will be missed by all of us in the Adult Education painting classes. He was always there for us and our needs. He was generous in many ways, his past year enlarged our classroom by removing a wall and giving us so much more room. He often stopped by with visitors to show our paining program, he will be missed by all of us, thank you Mr "C", a great man!
Penny Cole June 13, 2011 at 08:16 PM
We knew Tim as our Christian Education Director at Sunnyvale First United Methodist Church. Tim also played guitar with Les and Norm during worship services. He shared his joy of life, goofy sense of humor, love of music, and bible stories of with our children. We were shocked and deeply saddened by his passing. Tim will be greatly missed by those whose lives he touched. He was a blessing to so many. May his family, students, and friends be comforted with their cherished memories of Tim and proud of the good work he did.
Dan & Stephanie Franklin June 26, 2011 at 06:38 PM
We knew Tim in his very young years in Mehama, Oregon. We went to school with him at Stayton High School & always remembered his laugh & his eyes. I know he will be very missed by his classmates here in Oregon. We had just reconnected with Tim on Facebook last year & was happy to hear he was doing what he loved to do. R I P Tim.....you & your family is in our thought. Stephanie K Robinette & Dan Franklin
Kevin Thompson June 28, 2011 at 05:25 AM
I met Tim in 1977 during my senior year at Tracy High School and his first year of teaching after college graduation. He was an excellent educator with a good heart. After I graduated Tim and I continued a very close personal and working friendship for many years. I lost track of him after his move from Stockton to Monterey and have often thought that I should search him out to reconnect. I am shocked and saddened by the news of his passing. Tim was simply a kind, loving person with a quick wit and a good sense of humor. I have missed him for many years and now feel an even greater sense of loss with his death. I had no idea that he had children but I am certain that he must have been a great father; my heart goes out to them and the rest of his family. Wishing you peace and blessings my dear, sweet brother, Tim. Kevin Thompson
Diane Salb' Culbertson June 09, 2012 at 08:31 AM
Diane L. Culbertson One year after his death, I still feel a part of my heart is lost. I once knew a man who needed me so much and I also needed him as well. He was determend to make me his wife. I always felt proud to hold his hand, but I knew I had to share him with so many others. The late night stories of music dreams. And "Friday night " off his album he put togerther, was somthing that was in his heart and many more songs he wrote for loved ones besides me. I saw him sing many times allways looking at me and ...well! " He got me at Hellow"! Kids and music always came first. The road less traviled was the guide he fallowed and the saying he love to say the most was "How much can I take?...All of it!" I still do love you ACE! Dy (Diane) Culbertson.
Tracy High 84 September 06, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I knew Tim as my choir director a tracy high 83-84 (i think) he was incredible I remember the standing ovation for hallelujah., and the trip to disneyland we sang at the crystal cathedral he was an incredible person of all my teachers i remember few tim i do remember .. how he made me feel comfortable singing solo when trying out for choir. GOD bless Mr Culbertson or as we called him "CULB"

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