Andrew Jackson "Jack" Newsom died gently Friday morning, Aug. 28, 2009 at Clark's Residential Care Home in Hyde Park, Vermont, at the age of 99.
Born in Greene County on June 25, 1910, Jack was the second child, and oldest son, of Searl Benjamin Newsom and Nettie Helen Cory Newsom.
He graduated from Worthington High School in 1928, and then graduated in 1934 with a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from what was then Rose Polytechnic Institute (now Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.)
Initially Jack worked as a metallurgist for a number of companies in the Indianapolis area, then taught engineering courses for two years at Purdue University. Most of his working career, however, was spent as Director of Plant Engineering for Schwitzer-Cummins in Indianapolis. During WW II Jack served on the national military committee assigned the task of converting commercial assembly lines over to the manufacture of munitions for the war effort.
Jack married Mary Louise Watson on Nov. 4, 1934. They would have celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this coming November. He and Louise lived in Speedway for 56 years before relocating to Hyde Park, Vermont, in 2001 to be near their only child, Maryanne Newsom-Brighton. He retained his membership with the Speedway (Indiana) Christian Church.
A brilliant man, Jack amazed everyone with his wonderful sense of humor and continued interest in current events right up until his death. He taught us all how to age gracefully and graciously while accepting the limitations brought on by increasing age and declining health. He exemplified the true gentleman. He knew his Lord Jesus Christ and is home at last, restored to his full potential, and probably already starting on some remodeling project for God.
Jack is survived by his wife Louise Newsom of The Manor in Morrisville, Vermont, his daughter Maryanne Newsom-Brighton and her husband Ken Brighton of Hyde Park, Vermont, and his grandson Casey Brighton, currently at Plattsburgh State University in Plattsburgh, New York.
He was predeceased by his parents, by his sister, Josephine Newsom Beck Cooprider, and by his three brothers: Richard Newsom, George Newsom, and Searl B. Newsom, Jr.
There will be a memorial service for Jack at the Elmore United Methodist Church at Lake Elmore, Vermont, on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the town cemetery of Worthington later in the fall.
Jack's family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff of Clark's Residential Care Home and the staff and volunteers of Lamoille Home Health and Hospice for the wonderful love and care they lavished on Jack for the past two years.
Memorial donations may be made to the Speedway Christian Church Memorial Fund, 5110 West 14th Street, Speedway, Ind., 46224.