Thomas Lee Newberry
January 23, 1933 – March 9, 2018
Thomas Lee Newberry January 23, 1933-March 9, 2018
Thomas Lee Newberry, 85, of Atlanta, Georgia, died peacefully on March 9th, 2018. A private service will be held at Arlington Cemetery.
Tom was born on January 23, 1933, in Glasgow, Kentucky, the son of Thomas L. Newberry and Blanche Hall Newberry. In 1953, Tom married Agnes Scott student Evelyn Mason. Tom and Evelyn, each an only child, were married for 64 years and blessed with a large family—5 children, 17 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, along with many in-laws and fiancés. No one missed Christmas at their home.
After graduating from Kentucky Military Institute, Tom received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1954. He served in the Air Force, attaining the rank of captain. Following the Air Force, he returned to Tech, where he received his Masters in 1958 and the university’s first PhD in Industrial Engineering in 1961. He and four associates bought the Atlanta office of Operation Research and renamed it Management Science Atlanta. He became Chairman of the new company, which changed its name again in 1966 to Management Science America (MSA). In 1970, he and James C. Edenfield founded American Software, Inc., the Atlanta-based, publicly traded, computer software company, where he served as Chairman of the Board and Director until his retirement in September of 2013.
Tom was passionate about his family (especially Evelyn), watching the Braves, and he absolutely loved playing golf. Taking care of his health was a big priority as well—running, strength training, and taking vitamins—but ice cream made him happy too.
Thomas Lee Newberry is survived by his wife Evelyn Mason Newberry, and his children Cynthia Newberry Martin (Cal) of Columbus; Suzanne Newberry Murphy (Chuck) of Athens; Jennifer Newberry Griscom (Billy) of Atlanta; Elizabeth Mason Newberry of Atlanta; and Thomas Lee Newberry V (Kristin) of Atlanta. He is also survived by his grandchildren Kathleen McDowell Levens (Sam); Robert Calhoun Martin III (Claire); James Mason Martin; Samuel Thomas Martin; Anne Murphy Karabell (Jacob); Carden Lynn Griscom; William Caleb Griscom (Colleen); Peter Van Dyke Griscom (Brooke); Jennifer Griscom Smith (Joel); Thomas Matthew Griscom; Elizabeth Ashley Irvin.; James Clay Irvin, Jr.; Suzannah Lilly Irvin; Charlotte Mason Irvin; Thomas Lee Newberry VI ; Mason Alexander Newberry; Brooks Donaldson Newberry; and 7 great-grandchildren—Charles, Lillian, Evelyn, Robert, Rebekah, Grayson, and Lilly.
The family is grateful to his caregivers for the loving, compassionate care they gave him. Special thanks to Hendrix Mumba and Sydney Mwaba.
Tom was a member of Peachtree Christian Church and contributed to numerous philanthropic causes. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org, of Chicago, Illinois.
Thomas Lee Newberry
March 12, 2018
It is literally with a tear in my eye that I write this. I am proud to have known Tom. He was my boss and my mentor. He saw potential and brought me into American Software in 1976. He encouraged me to do things I did not know I could do. He was a brilliant businessman, compassionate leader, dedicated husband and father and all around great man! RIP