Richard-Newton, Sr. M.D.-Obituary

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Richard "Dick" Milton Newton, Sr. M.D.

Roanoke, Virginia


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Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel Obituary

Newton M.D., Richard “Dick” Milton, Sr. 90, of Roanoke, claimed his eternal reward on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.  Dr. Newton was born in Narrows, Virginia, on July 4, 1929. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Maury Claiborne Newton and a brother, Dr. Maury Claiborne Newton, Jr.   


He is survived by Jane S. Newton who has been his loving and committed wife for 69 years and four children: Richard M. Newton, Jr.; John C. Newton and his wife, Kitty; Sarah Jane Newton, and Martha Elizabeth Spencer and husband, Kevin.  He is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Christopher Newton, Brock Newton, Nancy Lee Nguyen, Mary Kathryn Newton, Robert Andrews, Edward Spencer, and John Spencer, as well as 5 great grandchildren.   


 Dr. Newton was a faithful member of First Baptist Church for 37 years. He served in several leadership roles during his membership, including serving as a deacon and chairman of the property committee. He was also a congregational pianist, blessing many with his God-given talent.


Dr. Newton practiced medicine in internal medicine and cardiology for 60 years, until the age of 85 when he retired to care for his loving wife. He earned his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest and medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his internship, residency, and served as chief resident in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. He also completed his fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of Virginia Hospital, and was a diplomat for the American Board of Internal Medicine. While in the United States Army, Dr. Newton served as the chief of medical services for the US Army Hospital; assistant director for the outpatient Womack Army Hospital; and head of XVIII Airborne Corps Dispensary and 82nd Airborne Division.     


Dr. Newton’s professional appointments included: clinical associate professor of medicine, UVA School of Medicine; Staff physician, Carilion Community and Roanoke Memorial Hospitals; and director of the coronary care unit, LewisGale Hospital. He also established the coronary care units at both LewisGale and Community Hospitals. He was a visiting lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Medicine;  chairman of the critical care committee at Community Hospital; and helped established the echocardiography department at Community Hospital. He served as president of the Roanoke Academy of Medicine and served on the Virginia Board of Medicine. He was a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, and the International College of Angiology.  Dr. Newton was also a member of Roanoke Academy of Medicine; American Medical Association; Medical Society of Virginia; Southern Medical Association; and American Heart Association, including president of its Roanoke Chapter. Other memberships include the Southwestern Virginia Medical Society and the Christian Medical and Dental Society.  He also served as director of cardiac emergency technician training; a medical consultant to the emergency medical services council of Southwestern Va.;  medical volunteer of Bangalore Baptist Hospital, Bangalore, India; and participated in 5 mission trips to England. 


Dr. Newton’s educational responsibilities at Roanoke Memorial included inpatient and outpatient teaching of the house staff. He also held several teaching and lecturer positions at Carilion Community Hospital including medical students in cardiology, school of nursing, the medical residency program, and the advanced cardiac life support program. He also taught the first cardiac emergency medical technician program at Virginia Western Community College.


Aside from medicine, he was a member of the Roanoke City Republican Committee.


John and Kitty Newton would like to thank the following people for their love, care, and support that they so faithfully gave to Dr. Newton:  Robin Roop, Shari Beehler, Tonya McGuire, and Vicki Jones. They would also like to thank Sandy Jefferson, who stood by him for 16 years as his nurse. They are eternally grateful.


A memorial service will be conducted at First Baptist Church on Saturday, September 21, at 12 noon, in Faith Chapel.  Prior to the service, the family will receive friends from 10:30 am to 12 noon in Faith Chapel.  Immediately following the service, a graveside service will be held at Sherwood Cemetery, Main Street, Salem, Va.  While flowers are appreciated, memorials can be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund or Television Ministry.    



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A great physician and a much greater human being, we spoke frequently by telephone and often exchanged confidences. Dick was my first cousin, but we thought of each other more like brothers. I miss him greatly, but am happy to know that he was a believing Christian and is now with other much loved souls in Heaven. RIP, Dick

What a great loss to the world, Dr.Newton will be missed by so many. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. David Ingles

Dr. Newton was a dear friend and a trusted and valued colleague over the years. He was personally encouraging to me when I joined with Dr. Ed Williams in late 1980- and throughout my surgical career in the Roanoke Valley. Dick and Jane played an active part in our local Christian medical fellowship. And we all could readily see that his family and patients loved him-- and the other way around! Dick will be greatly missed by both Liz and me. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in the...

Dr Newton always took wonderful care of Terry and me and I am so sorry to learn of his passing.

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of my uncle. He was a good-hearted man. He deeply loved his brother, my father Maury Newton. And he showed many kindnesses over the years to myself, my brother Clay and my sister Lucy.

Dick was one of my Newton first cousins. Maintaining family ties with the extended family was a core Newton value that Dick carried on faithfully and with a loving heart. He made a family tree and organized a large Newton reunion in 2001, stayed in touch with occasional letters, and made sure we all had copies of his book about his dad, Dr. Maury C. Newton, Sr. As well as being a fine physician who helped many, many people, his twinkly eyes and terrific sense of humor will be remembered...

Extending our deepest condolences to the Newton family, from The Harmony Collection at Roanoke family. Dr. Newtons contagious smile and beautiful talent brought life to our community. He will be missed.

Cousin Dick was always an inspiration to me and someone I looked up to. He also was quick to help with his own medical expertise and counsel when I was going through a particularly difficult personal time in my life. My prayers to all the family there for comfort and healing as you mourn his passing.

At noon tomorrow on Saturday we honor this GREAT man of God. We will greatly miss his contageous smile and laughter.

Dr. Dick, THANK YOU for the professionalism that you always displayed to our family over these many many years. You were more than our family's physician, you were a wonderful Friend.