John Newton

John Newton

1929 - 2013 LANDGROVE, VT John Newton, 83, died in his Landgrove home Feb. 13th, 2013, after a short illness. His selfless compassion for others was remarkable, and John will be long remembered by the fortunate people whose lives he touched in his gentle, strong and elegant way.

John was born August 2, 1929, in Hartford, Conn. In 1937, John's parents, David and Margaret started an independent boys' school, The Newton School, on a farm near Hamilton Falls, Jamaica, Vt. John graduated from The Newton School 1947. John received a B.A. from Princeton University 1957, and a Masters from Harvard 1958.

He taught science at the Chester and Springfield (Vt) high schools from 1958 - 1969. He was the principal of Leland and Gray High School in Townshend, Vt., from 1969 - 1977. In 1978 he started Hamilton Falls Lumber Company, and continued to run the business through December of 2012. He designed and built over 200 barns and houses in Southern Vermont.

John leaves his wife, Anna Dibble Newton, Landgrove, VT, sister, Mary Western, Windham and Burlington,VT, sister, Margaret Newton, Brattleboro, VT, and brother, Michael Newton, Corvallis, OR.; five children, Michael (Suzi) Newton, Georgetown, ME, Sally (Michael) Newton, West Townshend, VT, James (Paula) Newton, Townshend, VT, Peter (Diane) Newton, Windham, VT and Amos (Ilana) Newton, Jamaica,VT; two stepchildren, Katy and Andrew Morse; ten grandchildren, Daniel Dubie, David and Jake Newton, Benjamin and Samuel Donahue, Lucas Newton, Jenny and Jesse Newton, Abram and Lilian Newton; two step-grandchildren, Emily and Michaela Stockwell, many nieces and nephews.

No flowers please. Memorial service will be private. You may send donations in John's name For full obit: or

Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Feb. 18, 2013