Frank Armon Newby Jr.

December 4, 1932October 9, 2019

Frank Armon Newby, Jr, 86, died October 9, 2019 at his home in Tunnel Hill, Georgia. He leaves his sons David and wife, Joy; Daniel; Mike and wife Stacey; Peter and wife Kristin and his grandchildren, Joshua, C.J., Nick, Katrina, Abi, Matthew and Connor. He was predeceased by his second wife Martha (aka Julie). The family would like to recognize special friends Janice Parr, Matthew Paynter, Rachel and Tucker Roach. Frank was the son of the late F. Armon Newby and Bessie Stonecipher Newby of Columbus, KS. While growing up he was an active 4-H Club member and carried his love of farming and being outdoors for all his life. He graduated from Cherokee County Community High School and attended The University of Kansas as a Summerfield Scholar. He remained there for graduate work and completed his Doctorate degree in physical chemistry. He remained an avid Jayhawker and believing in the value of education, he established an endowed scholarship for science students at The University of Kansas. In 1959 Frank came to East Tennessee State College (now East Tennessee State University) teaching physical chemistry and retired from there after 38 years of service. Frank helped cut trails in the Buffalo Mountain City Park of Johnson City. He enjoyed woodworking and listening to classical symphonic and big band music. He was a Type 1 diabetic and was proud to receive an 80 year plus Joslin Diabetes Medalist award. “I got this award because I lived.” In support of continued research in the treatment of diabetes, Frank made a posthumous organ donation to the Joslin Diabetes Center, an affiliate of the Harvard Medical School. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made the Dr. Frank A. Newby, Jr. Physical Science Award, Fund Account # 41010, KU Endowment, P.O. Box 928 Lawrence, KS 66044-0928 or to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Suite 745, Boston, MA 02215 Please share your memories of Frank with the family at Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Hoome, Crematory and Florist, 8214 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.


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Jim Hall III

October 22, 2019

I was Dr. Newby's neighbor on Maple St. in Johnson City. Mike used to mow my lawn and Peter was a frequent visitor (in retrospect I'm not sure if he came over to see me or my dog Buster.) The Newby's were great neighbors. I remember asking Dr. Newby's advice on what type of garden hose to purchase; I took his advice and have followed it for guess about 40 years. My heartfelt condolences to all of you, I knew him as a great guy to talk with on my visits back to JC and I know he was very proud of all his boys and that you will miss him immensely.

Jeff Wardeska

October 14, 2019

Dr. Frank Newby was a colleague and good friend for much of my tenure in the Chemistry Department at East Tennessee State University. He was a solid, dependable faculty member who participated in department programs and who always exhibited a keen interest in a wide variety of topics. One of my favorite memories was observing him often doze off during our Friday afternoon seminars and yet ask intelligent questions at the end of the seminar!

Frank was also involved in many activities outside the department, for example, hiking and woodworking. We went on many hikes together. Despite having to contend with many hardships, he always managed to maintain an interest in life, and the pursuit of learning. We were good friends and, and I have often thought about him after he moved away from Johnson City.

I extend my condolences to the family in this time of sadness.

Ravi Sakhare

October 14, 2019

I have fond memories of Dr. Newby and the whole Newby family in general. I had the pleasure of spending many a day at their house on Maple St. Remember they had prize winning Persian cats, an enviable garden replete with gourds among other things. Dr. Newby always had his hand in some woodworking project; he even tried his hand at rewiring the household! He was a super intelligent man; I enjoyed many deep discussions about chemistry, physics, and astronomy with him (he loved star-gazing), but he was also the quintessential, stereotypical absent-minded professor: the funniest memory I have of him was visiting my parents' house and trying to leave with his umbrella unfurled, obstinately refusing to close it and finally breaking it shoving it through the door (I thought to myself Einstein's definition of insanity)!