Blake Tyler Newton Jr., 69, a past president of the American Council of Life Insurance, a trade organization, who also was an attorney and a former official of the telephone company, died of cancer Feb. 25 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Newton was born in Hague, Va., where he also maintained a residence at the time of his death. He earned undergraduate and law degrees at the College of William & Mary. From 1939 to 1948, he worked for the Virginia State Corporation Commission as a division director and general counsel. During World War II, he served with the Navy in the Pacific.
In 1948, Mr. Newton became an attorney for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. and later was an assistant vice president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. in Washington.
He also began his career in the insurance business in 1948 when he was elected a director of the Shenandoah Life Insurance Co. of Roanoke. He became its president in 1957.
Two years later, he became executive vice president of the old Institute of Life Insurance, a trade organization, and became its president in 1962. In 1975, he became president of the old American Life Insurance Association. A year later, the two organizations merged to form the American Council of Life Insurance with Mr. Newton as its president.
Mr. Newton retired there in 1980 and became affiliated with the law firm of Zuckert, Scoutt, Rasenberger, and Johnson in Washington.
Mr. Newton was a visitor of the College of William & Mary, a trustee of the Virginia Theological Seminary, and a member of the advisory council of the University of Virginia. He had been a warden and vestryman of Episcopal churches in Virginia and Connecticut.
Survivors include his wife, the former Anne Rodgers Walker, of Washington and Hague; a son, Blake III of New York City; two daughters, Anne Rodgers Walther of San Francisco, and Julia Benedict of New York City; a brother, Edward, of Hague, and a sister, Bertha Davison of Tucker Hill, Va.