John Richard Newton III


John Richard Newton III died August 12, 2011, at his home in Wilmington. He was born in Southport, North Carolina, on June 4, 1932, the son of Edward Cranmer and Ann Louise Knox Newton.

John Newton was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Neal Newton, and his brothers, Edward C. Newton Jr. and Jackson R. Newton. He is survived by his children, Siobhan Brooks Newton and John Hamilton Newton. Survivors also include his brother, Louis Knox Newton, his sister, Anne Brooks Newton Preik, and his sisters-in-law, Louise F. Newton and Jessie S. Newton, of Wilmington, as well as many devoted nieces and nephews.

He attended grades 1-10 in Southport and was graduated from Georgia Military Academy in Atlanta.

He then went to Washington, DC, and worked for the FBI while attending night classes at George Washington University until 1951 when he enlisted in the US Coast Guard, serving as an electronics engineer for 3 years.

Following his service, he graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1957 and was employed by the National Security Agency in Washington, DC, later serving in Ottawa, Canada.

He entered law school at UNC-CH and upon graduation in August, 1965, he briefly delayed his law career to accept a position as tour manager for the NC Symphony, due to a lifelong interest in and love of classical music.

From 1966 until he retired after more than thirty-five years, he practiced maritime law in Wilmington.

He also spent many hours each week in volunteer work, primarily substance abuse counseling.

No services are planned at this time. It is suggested that any memorial gifts be made to Hospice of Wilmington or to the North Carolina Symphony.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Aug. 14, 2011