Douglas Frisbie Newton, 70, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Dr. Newton attended Syracuse Central High School and obtained a degree in History, cum laude, from Syracuse University. He completed medical school, cum laude, at the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He completed his internship, residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, and obtained board certification. During his medical training, he was called to serve as a Captain in the United States Army and was a flight surgeon in Vietnam for two years.
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Dr. Newton entered private practice of gastroenterology and internal medicine in 1975 at Quadrangle Internal Medicine in Greenville, which later became Physicians East. Early in his practice, he served as an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the East Carolina University School of Medicine. During his career, he was known for his quiet manner, dedication, and thoroughness in the care and treatment of his patients. He retired at the end of 2007 due to illness from multiple myeloma. As he battled this disease for 13 years, he showed great courage and strength.
Upon retirement, Dr. Newton moved to and made his home in Wilmington. While in Wilmington, he volunteered as a tax preparer for AARP Tax Aide at Northeast Regional Library.
Dr. Newton was preceded in death by his brother Paul Newton of La Honda, Calif.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Joanne Elizabeth Newton; daughter, Jennifer Newton-Patterson and her husband Jim Patterson, of Wilmington; son, Jason D. Newton and wife, Ashley, of Raleigh, and New York City; three grandchildren, Caitlin Newton Patterson, Jason Douglas Patterson, and Hugo Douglas Newton; sister, Donna Mitchell and husband, Francis, of King Ferry, N.Y.; former sister-in-law, Leanne Wong of Torrance, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Dr. Newton was a loving, kind and supportive husband, father and grandfather who took great joy in spending time with his family, and he will be remembered for his love and commitment to them. He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren, reading, undertaking educational pursuits, listening to classical music and spending time with his animal companions Maisy and Lenny. He spent great time and energy finding ways to support and nurture the needs of his immediate and extended family. He was greatly admired by, and became an inspiration to, those who knew him well.
The family would like to thank the following people: Kenneth Anderson, MD, of Boston, Cristina Gasparetto, MD, of Durham, Thomas Lee, MD, of Greenville, John Anagnost, MD, of Wilmington, the nursing staff of Cape Fear Cancer Specialists and the physicians, nurses and assistants who staff the Emergency Department and the 6th Floor of New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund for cancer research and patient care, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Andrews Mortuary's Market Street Chapel, 1617 Market Street, Wilmington. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, 412 Ann Street, Wilmington, at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Condolences may be sent to www.andrewsmortuary.com.
Arrangements by Andrews Mortuary Market Chapel.
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Published in The Daily Reflector on Sept. 12, 2013