Richard “Dick” Milton Newton, Sr., MD

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Posted on: October 2, 2019

Richard “Dick” Milton Newton, Sr., MD, 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, seven grandchildren and five 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.

Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund or Television Ministry.