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Howard Newlon Obituary

Howard Hampton Newlon Jr. Howard Hampton Newlon Jr. died peacefully with family by his side on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

He was born on January 16, 1932, in Brandy Station, Virginia, to Howard Hampton Newlon Sr. and Mary Burke Newlon.

He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from the University of Virginia. Mr. Newlon's career started in the concrete lab of the Virginia Transportation Research Council in 1956 and ended with his retirement in 1989 as its Director of Research.

In addition to his full-time position with the Research Council, he was for more than 30 years a Lecturer in the University of Virginia Schools of Engineering and Architecture. Mr. Newlon retired from teaching in 2003, 50 years after he walked the lawn for his own graduation. On the day of his last class, his graduate students painted "thanks for the schoolin' Professor Newlon" on Beta Bridge. His areas of expertise were bridges, concrete, and historic preservation. Professional associations included the American Concrete Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society for Testing and Materials and he served two years in the United States Army in chemical weapons training. Howard was a member of the Rotary Club for over 40 years. Since arriving at the University of Virginia as an undergraduate, he has been an active member of University Baptist Church, serving as Church Historian and having written the church history "A People Called" in 2000 for the centennial celebration. The church also honored him with Deacon Emeritus and Sanctuary Choir Member Emeritus status.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Newlon was predeceased by his first wife, Betty Anne Newlon; and daughter, Julie Melton Newlon.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Westerman Newlon; daughters, Nancy Gaines, her husband, Ray, and their children, Julie, Emily and Katherine, of Charlottesville, and Anne Doll, her husband, Jamie, and their children, Henry and Jack, of Arlington. Words cannot adequately express the family's appreciation to caregivers Christine, Patti, Dallas, Julie and Patricia for their loving attention the past few months. The family will receive friends at Hill and Wood Funeral Home from 3 until 5 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2012. A celebration of Howard's life will be held at University Baptist Church 11 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2012, with burial at Monticello Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to University Baptist Church, 1223 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903, designated for the wheelchair ramp. Friends may sign the register book at

This obituary was originally published in the Culpeper StarExponent.
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Published online on 10/27/2012 courtesy of The Culpeper StarExponent.