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Dr. Newton Smith, RIP

By Glenda Council Beall
Program Coordinator, NCWN-West

Dr. Newton Smith

It is with a sad heart that I report that Dr. Newton Smith, NCWN-West Treasurer since 2009, and longtime member of NCWN-West, passed away.

Newt was an active and loyal member of NCWN-West, and I could always count on his support. His help with A Day for Writers, our writing conference a couple of years ago, made everything run smoothly. He acted as emcee for our tribute to Kathryn Stripling Byer. He could always be counted on to step up when asked or when needed.

On his Facebook page, condolences are pouring in from former students and friends.

We will miss him.

Our new treasurer will be Rosemary Royston, one of the Georgia Representatives and former program coordinator for NCWN-West. I greatly appreciate Rosemary taking this volunteer position.


Dr. Newton Smith was raised in Greer, South Carolina. He studied electrical engineering at Georgia Tech and literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a former associate professor and professor emeritus at Western Carolina University, in Cullowhee. He was the author of the collection Camino Poems: Reflections on the Way from St. Jean Pied-de-Port to Finisterre.

For his full obituary, click here.

For more information about NCWN-West, visit