Dr. William Allen Newton Jr., MD

May 19, 1923February 25, 2021

In loving memory of William Allen Newton, Jr. M.D.

William A. Newton Jr., 97, went to be with his Savior February 25, 2021.

He was born in 1923 to William A. and Florence Emma (Brown) Newton in Traverse City, MI, where he graduated from Central High School in 1940 at age 17, graduated from Alma College in 1943 and then from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1946. He lived in the Columbus, Ohio area from 1952 until his passing, working faithfully for the Children’s Hospital as a pediatric pathologist, hematologist and oncologist, teaching pediatrics and pathology at the Ohio State University and serving in the Army Reserve, reaching rank of Brigadier General commanding the 2291st Medical Reserve unit.

He was preceded in death by Helen, his precious wife of 75 years. He is survived by his children Katherine Newton, Elizabeth Newton, William (Claudia) Newton III, and Nanci (James) Darrough, grandchildren Chelsea (Andre) Martins, William (Madeline) Newton IV, Andrew Newton, Julia Newton, Spencer Darrough, and Helen Darrough, and great-grandchildren Jayden Martins and Ivy Martins.

Dr. Newton lived an incredibly productive life as a physician, researcher, professor, laboratory administrator, military leader, church deacon and choir director, husband and father. William, known as June to his father and sibling brothers, and to many friends as Bill or Doc, was a gracious, and caring person who humbly used his gifts to lead and to serve others. His ‘fun’ was his work, whether treating children suffering from leukemia or cancer, raising sheep at his Johnstown farm, or leading choirs at his church.

He contributed greatly to the good of his fellow man. He is credited with helping to find a cure for a type of childhood leukemia, starting a tissue bank to provide for research, and writing over 160 research publications. He was instrumental in helping build others’ careers, including the training of numerous fellows in pediatric oncology and pathology. In ‘retirement’ years he started an international advisory organization to assist Chinese health professionals to be trained in cancer treatment technologies.

In lieu of flowers, gifts of love in Bill’s honor may be sent to Child Evangelism Fellowship; Box 348 Warrenton, MO 63383-0348; In Memo: National Workers in Hungary-E2HU.

Due to the Coronavirus the family will meet privately for a graveside service and is hoping to host a memorial service for both Bill and his loving wife of 75 years, Helen, in early summer 2021.


  • Private Family Graveside Service


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Joyce and bud Brown

June 22, 2021

We were just recently informed of the loss of two wonderful friends Bill and Helen Newton. Upon the death of our first born, Beth who Bill had cared for, Bill became a co-founder of the Beth Brown Scholarship for graduating High School students choosing the medical field. Bill and Helen faithfully attended the meetings while choosing the recipients. Bill also worked with Beth's father on other organizations which include the trip to china. Somehow illness and home has separated us these past years ,but their constant caring will always be in our hearts.
bud and Joyce Brown
(Former Member Of Congress)

Patrick Powers

May 30, 2021

I’m afraid I lost track of Dr. Newton over the years but in the 1950s and 1960s he was our (my) go to hematologist at Children’s hospital. I had been diagnosed with a blood enzyme disorder that didn’t fit me or my lineage. After many days, and weeks, and surgeries at Children’s here I am still 70 years later with the privilege to tell you that it wouldn’t have been possible if not for the diligence of this man. Thank you Dr. William Newton. Rest In Peace. You are appreciated by many.

Kathy Johnston

March 6, 2021

Doctor Newton hired me as an assistant to his nurse while I was on summer break from college in 1970 - then full time in February 1971. I had never considered nursing, but due to his guidance and that of his physician and nurse colleagues, I became an RN. Then with his support, I went on to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I worked for him in Pediactric Hematology/Oncology at Children's Hospital until his retirement. I continued on in the same department until I retired in June 2012. I would never have done any of this without the opportunities, caring and support of this wonderful man. I look forward to seeing him and his wife in heaven some day.

Phyllis Oblander

March 4, 2021

Dr. Bill was a mentor of mine at Ohio State college of Medicine, where I though he was strict and a bit scary. Then I got to really know him, his precious wife, Helen, and my sister Beth from Haiti, and was in awe of their life of faith and prayer! I remember Doc Bill's playful adventuresome spirit, even to facing stubborn sheep out in the barn with a football helmet! Every time I was in their home, I felt like they brought me into the presence of the Lord with great wisdom, and encouragement to my walk of faith as a younger missionary doc. Lifting up the family as you send your parents on ahead to the Lord's presence. Your dad's surely joined the choir with mine!

Jim & Janis Cripe

March 3, 2021

Our loss is heaven's gain. Bill and Helen were humble servants of our Lord Jesus Christ. Their compassion for others touched many lives and will be long remembered. May you find peace in their rest.

Herb Sharfenaker USMC

March 3, 2021

God Bless and a Heartfelt Thank YOU for your service in The United States Army Reserve. Commanding The 2291st. Medical Reserve Unit. RIP Brigadier General Newton MD. And Semper Fi. SIR.

Julie Searcy

March 3, 2021

My sincere sympathy to the Newton family. Dr. And Mrs. Newton were friends with my parents, Jesse and Ginny Grandstaff, along with my my aunt and uncle, Art and Margaret Shuter. I know our parents are in the presence of our Lord and there is peace in our hearts.


Lori White-Sanders

March 3, 2021

Sending my love to Beth and family at this time. Thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of the life of Bill. You're in my prayers and thoughts always.

Susan Manger

March 2, 2021

To the Newton Family,
Bill and Helen will always be remembered by me, as exceptional examples of God loving people. My parents Ginny and Jesse Grandstaff, were friends that shared a church family with Bill and Helen, way back.
I am deeply sorry for your loss , but I know how proud you must have been, of them both.
There was a joyful celebration, in heaven!
God Bless,

Stuart Williams

March 2, 2021

As CEO of Nationwide Children's Hospital for more than two decades I had the honor and privilege of working side by side with Dr. Bill Newton as he developed the laboratory and pathology programs at the hospital. He was at the core of the system that provided vital information to all other clinical staff caring for our patients. His quiet and effective leadership was an inspiration to all who worked with him and for him. While he never sought recognition for himself, Dr. Newton won the respect and admiration of fellow clinicians and administrative staff for his diligence, research accomplishments, organizational skills, and his caring attitude.