James Newton, 75, a retired federal government printer and administrator who taught adults at night school, died of respiratory failure July 23 at his home in West Baltimore. He had Parkinson's disease.
Mr. Newton received a teaching degree in 1937 from what is now Coppin State College, and taught in city schools for a number of years.
After marrying Elizabeth Cook in 1944, he became a printer at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington. He retired in 1984 as a personnel administrator.
From the 1950s until the early 1970s, he taught reading and writing to adults at night school at Booker T. Washington Junior High School.
Mr. Newton was born in Philadelphia and orphaned as a boy. He was reared in Baltimore and adopted by the late Rev. M. T. Pope and his wife, the late Maria Pope Boston, who remarried after being widowed.
Mr. Newton graduated from Douglass High School in 1933.
He was a member of Providence Baptist Church from age 13 until 1976, when he helped organize Providence Inspirational Baptist Church at 850 Edmondson Ave.
He was ordained a deacon in 1953, and he was a Sunday school superintendent, men's day chairman, choir member and coordinator for special events for young people.
During World War II, he taught new recruits in the Navy.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Laura Fallee, and a son, James Nathaniel Newton, both of Baltimore; a half brother, George Boston of Philadelphia; and five grandchildren.
Services were conducted July 28 at Providence Inspirational Baptist Church.