OBITUARY

Thomas C. Newhouse

May 21, 1935August 29, 2021
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Thomas Conry Newhouse, passed away peacefully, surrounded by love on August 29, 2021, in Bellaire, Texas. Tom was born May 21, 1935, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Robert Stewart Newhouse and Myra Conry Newhouse. His family moved around through Cincinnati, Covington Kentucky, Queens and Pelham New York, and Ridgefield Connecticut, before settling in Tulsa in 1948. Tom is a graduate of Tulsa’s Cascia Hall Preparatory School, the University of Notre Dame (BA 1957), University of Tulsa College of Law (JD 1962), and NYU School of Law (LLM 1966). On November 18, 1961, he married the love of his life, Emma McEvoy. In 1966, Tom & Emma moved to Houston, where Tom joined the faculty at the University of Houston Law Center. Tom was a wonderful husband, dad, and P oppa, as well as a great friend, professor, Deacon, and mentor. He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and his sister Lynn Anderson. Tom is survived by his three sons: Bob & wife Pegi, Brian, and Michael; his three grandchildren: Isabel, Thomas, and Elizabeth; his sister Nancy Newhouse Miller; and numerous nieces and nephews. In his 40+ years at UH Law Center, Tom specialized in Labor Law, Family Law, Alternate Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and directing the student-run Legal Aid Clinic. His love was helping his students learn and grow as lawyers and advocates. In 1987, Tom was ordained as a Deacon with the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. He served as a Deacon at St. Thomas More and St Michael the Archangel parishes in Houston, and St. Stephen in Point Blank, Texas. Additionally, Tom served as a chaplain at St. Luke’s and Texas Children’s Hospitals. Deacon Tom had the honor to officiate countless weddings and baptisms of friends, family, and parishioners, which was one of his greatest joys. His seven-minute homilies were a labor of love and resonated with parishioners of all ages and walks of life. He loved his family, his grandkids, the years with Emma and family on Lake Livingston, the NY Times Sunday crossword puzzle, and writing his weekly Deacon’s Corner for the St. Michael’s bulletin. Most importantly, he loved helping others. Tom, Dad, Poppa, Deacon, Professor Newhouse will be forever missed here, but we know he is reunited with his Sweetie, Emma, where they are swing dancing on a heavenly dance floor. We love you, Dad.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 14th from 6-8pm at Earthman Funeral Home, 4525 Bissonnet St, Bellaire, TX 77401. A vigil will be held at 7pm.

A memorial mass is scheduled for Wednesday, September 15th at 10am at St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Rd., Houston, TX 77056, light lunch to follow in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to: University of Houston Law Center Blakely Advocacy Institute, designated for the Tom Newhouse Representing Clients in Mediation Competition.

Services

  • Visitation with Family

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

  • Vigil Service

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

  • A Memorial Mass

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Debra Danburg

September 8, 2021

I would have never gotten into UH Law had it not been for Tom- We'd worked together on several Faculty/Student Advisory Boards (especially the committee to establish the state-of-the-art Child Care Center)
When my grades weren't enough, I asked for an interview - dressed up like a lawyer- prepared to talk about maturing during my hiatus in Austin. First thing Tom said when I walked in was "So, have you thrown any bombs lately?" He was disarmingly charming, and was supportive of we who would use our law degrees for the public good- not just for a monied career. He lived his beliefs.

AL AMADO

September 7, 2021

Always a gentleman. Always in good humor. Always willing to share his knowledge. Always helping others. He leaves us too soon, but he leaves many wonderful memories and lessons that endure.

Clara I. Gomez

September 7, 2021

Clara I. Gomez
Sept. 7, 2021

I remember Tom Newhouse with sincere gratitude and admiration! Tom was part of my family life as Deacon of St. Thomas More Catholic Church and school where my 3 children attended. He was, later on, a Deacon at St. Michael’s Catholic Church where he baptized two of my granddaughters. At the University of Houston Law School he was a mentor and Director of the Legal Aid Clinic, teacher and partner in mediation and Conflict Resolution at Harris County Dispute Resolution Center. He enjoyed participation in the Texas Association of Mediators (TAM) and the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Conferences.

When he was sick, he took this time with humor and resignation. For example, once I texted him, asking about how he was doing, his response was, “Family good: Me, not so much. Bad legs, bad gut…too old.” Tom and I loved to remember times working as “peacemakers”. I learned so much from Tom and will always treasure his memory.
Clara I. Gomez
Sept. 7, 2021

Fran Brochstein

September 7, 2021

Tom had a wonderful sense of humor. He was so sharp and witty.

As a new mediator, he was helpful to me at the Dispute Resolution Center of Harris County, when I had a question about the mediation process. Again, his sense of humor was very obvious even when discussing a serious matter.

The Association of Conflict Resolution - Houston Chapter honored him as one of the 10 mediators in the Houston area for their Lifetime Achievement Award a few years ago.

May all the good memories of Tom offer you some comfort during this difficult period.

Susan Shelander

September 5, 2021

Tom and his wonderful Emma were a great family with cherished friends. I have many fun memories of parish activities, New Years Game Day parties, and spiritual guidance. His 7 minute homilies were always special. May both Tom and Emma rest together in Eternal Peace. My sincere condolences to your sons and family.

Gregory Thornton

September 5, 2021

I remember seeing both your parents at Jesuit events thru the years. Judging from what's written here, I know you 3 sons were proud of your parents. May they both rest in peace and joy. God bless you all!
Greg

Penny Jackson

September 3, 2021

Tom was such a special person and he will truly be missed. He was my favorite Deacon.

Ben and Kathy Warner

September 3, 2021

May you rest in peace good and faithful servant. I am sure there is a great party in heaven as you and sweet Emma reunite . Remember us dear friend

Emmalynn Barry

September 3, 2021

I met Deacon Tom when I alter served at St. Michael's. I started alter serving in fourth grade, and Deacon Tom and I bonded over my name at first. He always talked about how beautiful and loving his wife Emma was and how he loved his sister Lynn. We talked about our love of family and God and he was always a smiling, calming, and kind presence. Over the years, we got closer, and I eventually started looking at colleges. In my sophomore year of High School, I visited Notre Dame, but before I visited, he told me about the grotto being his favorite place in the whole world and talked joyfully about his time at the university. While there, I got him a pin from the bookstore and gave it to him when I got back to Houston. When the time came to choose a college, I chose Notre Dame, and although I didn't see him often these past few years, I thought of him constantly, and we texted about my time here. When my parents told me about his passing, I knew I had to go to his favorite place and I lit a candle for him. While praying, it gave me peace to remember that he is reunited with his loving wife and sister and God who he served with his whole heart.

Sending prayers to his family,

Emmalynn Barry

Bethany Eastman

September 2, 2021

Sympathies and prayers to the Newhouse family. Tom was like an uncle to me. He was always lively, full of fun and mischief. I remember he and Emma came with their grandson (Thomas) to my wedding. At the time, Thomas was only 3. I remember how proud they both were of all their grandchildren. It was super sweet.

As one of the many DeVet girls, I count myself lucky my parents and Tom (and Emma) were such good friends. I got to know someone who was kind, generous, and having a great sense of humor and a love of laughter.

May "Uncle" Deacon Tom Newhouse rest in the arms of Jesus forever, Amen. God bless the Newhouse Family.

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