Randolph Rodney Newton

Randolph Rodney Newton, age 87, departed this life on June 1, 2018. Known to his friends as Randy or Rodney, he was born July 24, 1930 in the District of Columbia. As the only child of Edward Randolph and Myrtle Bennett Newton, he was a joy to his grandparents, parents, aunts and uncle. He also enjoyed many happy visits with extended family in the White Oak area of Fredericksburg, Va. Randolph lost his mother at an early age and in later years his family was blessed by the addition of a step-mother, Dorothy. Randolph proved to be an excellent student and received his BS in Architectural Engineering from Catholic University in 1952 and his MS in Civil Engineering in 1954, also from Catholic University. After responding to the draft, he then served three years in the United States Army from January 1954 through Jan 1957. He retired after 27 years working in the Atomic Energy Commission with the Federal Government.
While not having any children of his own, Randolph was a dedicated family man who was devoted to the care of his elderly grandmother and aunts. As a longtime resident of Chevy Chase, MD, he remained in touch with many friends from Catholic University and generously supports the school by funding numerous scholarships in memory of loved ones. Randolph was an avid reader and loved to work cross word puzzles. He also enjoyed gardening and exercising at his local Senior Center.
Randolph was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle Bennett Newton and Edward Randolph Newton, his step-mother Dorothy Newton, his aunts, Nellie Gray Stevens (Richard), and Elizabeth McWhorter (Mac), an uncle Grant Newton as well as a cousin Kenneth Lee Brown (Hazel).
He is survived by one uncle, Carroll R. Bennett of Jeffersonton, VA; his cousins: Bob Bennett of Waldorf, MD, Willard Erdman (Sharon) of Riverdale, MD, their children, Brian and Charlene, Debra Brown Nidel (Bill), Thomas Brown (Debi), Lorrie Brown Bricker (Bill), Theresa Hutton, Hope Guyer, Susan Rodgers, Neal McWhirt and Carlyle McWhirt.
Sincere thanks are extended to his neighbors, Helen and Jim Hancock, and their daughters, Anne and Mary for their friendship and support, family friend, Qing Huany (Mimi), and the Staff of Carriage Hill Nursing and Rehab.
Graveside Services will be held at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, 3411 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, Va., at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

3 Responses to Randolph Rodney Newton

  1. Debra Nidel says:

    Rodney was a cousin and close friend to my Dad, Kenneth. We stayed in close touch over the past several years as their health was failing and developed a close friendship. After many lengthy conversations with Rodney, I found him to be extremely intelligent, well read, and up to date on current events. He was a pleasure to speak with and most articulate. It was a pleasure to help him in small ways that made his last year easier.

  2. BO says:

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. May the promise in God’s word at John 6:40 bring comfort to your hearts.

  3. Leonard Hill says:

    Very sad to hear this. Randy was a longtime friend of my father’s from when they worked together in the late 50s-early 60s. They stayed in touch all these years, despite being on opposite sides of the country, speaking on the phone many Sunday evenings and occasionally exchanging visits in person. Randy had a great sense of humor; despite his many health issues in recent years he was always interested in learning new things, sharp and upbeat. May God bless him.

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