University of Texas
James Newton Michie
July 28, 1879–November 24, 1958



James Newton Michie

Professor James Newton Michie taught physics course in 1917–1918, maybe other years as well. He was an adjunct professor of applied mathematics.

Dallas Morning News - November 26, 1958 - Section: 4, Page: 6

Funeral services for James Newton Michie, 79, of 5314 Swiss, retired mathematics professor emeritus at Texas Technological College, Lubbock, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in St. Matthews Cathedral (Episcopal), 5100 Ross, with Bishop Joseph Harte officiating. Burial will be in Grove Hill Memorial Park. Michie died Monday in a Dallas hospital after a short illness.

A math instructor for 51 years, Michie was head of the Texas Tech mathematics and astronomy departments from the beginning of the school in 1925 until his retirement in 1950. He was retired as professor emeritus of mathematics in 1950 and continued to teach a while longer before moving to Dallas in 1955.

James Newton Michie parents were John Augustus Michie (1830–1902 obituary at right), Albemarle, Co., VA and Susan R. Jackson. He was born July 28, 1879 in Bel Aire, Albemarle, VA. Michie graduated from the secondary and college preparatory boarding school, Miller School, about 1898. The following is from Wikipedia:

“Miller School was founded in 1878 with a bequest of $1.1 million from Samuel Miller, who, as a boy, romped with his brother on the very area on which the school bearing his name is now situated. Near the village of Batesville, Virginia, Samuel Miller was raised in poverty by a mother who realized the value of education and who ensured that Samuel was tutored by a teacher who lived nearby. As an adult, Samuel earned his living as a merchant, and his charity became legendary in his adopted hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia.

“His will provided for the majority of his estate to be used for the establishment of a boarding school for orphaned children, a school to be located near his birthplace in Albemarle County. By 1874, following Mr. Miller’s 1869 death and the resolution of several legal disputes that arose as children of Mr. Miller’s sought to challenge his bequest, architects and builders began designing and constructing The Miller Manual Labor School. This work culminated in August 1878, with a grand opening and dedication of the central portion of “Old Main”, an impressive structure [of Victorian architecture], around which much of Miller School life still revolves. "Old Main" is now on the Virginia Historic Landmarks Registry. “ A wonderful writeup about the school appeared in the December 11, 1886 issue of the Scientific American magazine. A link to that article is provided here: Scientific American

Remarkably, a photo was present on the Wikipedia page which include James Newton Michie as a small boy at the school. The photo is below. James Newton Michie is on front row, fourth from the right. He is slightly toward back of others on the front row. He does not have a white collar.




He continued at the University of Virginia, likely graduating in 1898–1899. He was instructor in mathematics and physics at Miller School 1899–1900. He was again a student at Virginia in 1900-02. He next served as instructor in mathematics at Eastern College, Front Royal, Virginia 1902–1903. From 1903–1906, he was instructor of mathematics at Millersburg Military Institute, Kentucky. He taught mathematics at the University of Virginia, 1906-1909. He earned a master of arts from the University of Michigan in 1919 where he taught as an instructor. He was assistant professor of mathematics at Texas A&M College and associate adjunct professor of applied mathematics at University of Texas at Austin, 1917–1918, before joining the staff at Texas Tech when that school opened.

James married Hazel Riley Jacob of Norfolk, VA, December 29, 1909. She was born 1887.

James’s brother, Robert E. Lee Michie, was born June 1, 1864, in Albemarle County, Va, and died June 5, 1918 in Roven, France. General Michie graduated from West Point in 1885 and served on Fitzhugh Lee's staff in the Spanish American War; General Staff, 1903–1907, and again in 1914. He was Chief Aid to General Hugh L. Scot—Indian Territories and Mexico and accompanied him on the American Mission to Russia in 1917. He made brigadier general in command of the 53rd Infantry, National Army at Camp Wadsworth, SC. He was sent to France as the commander of the 53rd. in 1918 and died June 5, 1918, on a railroad train near Roven, France. He is buried outside Paris at Plot B, Row 2, Grave 4 Suresnes American Cemetery, Suresnes, France.

James and Hazel's son, Robert Lee Michie, was reported missing in Java. As the second newspaper entry reports, he was taken prisoner by the Japanese and was freed after the war ended.

In 1958, James applied for membership in the Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was a descendent of William Michie of Virginia.

Surviving James was his second wife, Jennie Hemphill McCrery. They were married August 14, 1943. Other survivors include a son, Col. Robert E. Lee Michie of Puerto Rico; two daughters, Mrs. W. B. Johnson of Tulsa, Okla., and Mrs. Victor Harris of Iowa City, Iowa; and five grandchildren.

Children; Sarah Jacob Michie 1911 (Residence in 1958 Iowa City, Iowa) Husband Victor Harris
Susan Jackson Michie, 1914, Tulsa, OK
Robert Edward Lee Michie, 1918, Maxwell AFB, AL War University
Grandchildren Susan Dena Harris, 1942, Iowa City, Iowa
Halli Harris, 1945, Iowa City, Iowa
James Michie Johnson, 1941, Tulsa, OK
Kenneth Lee Johnson 1944, Tulsa OK
Robert Edward Lee Michie, 1948, Maxwell AFB, AL

Name: James Newton Michie
Death date: 24 Nov 1958
Death place: Dallas, Dallas, Texas
Gender: Male
Race or color (on document): white
Age at death: 79 years
Birth date: 28 Jul 1879
Birth place: Virginia
Marital status: Married
Father name: John A. Michie
Mother name: Susan Jackson
Occupation: College Professor
Residence: Dallas, Dallas, Texas
Cemetery name: Grove Hill Cemetery
Burial place: Dallas, Texas
Burial date: 26 Nov 1958

James Newton Michie Photo Album

James Newton Michie, Texas Tech University
James Newton Michie, Texas Tech University


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