Jacqueline A. Noonan M.D.
Thursday 23rd of July 2020 - Thursday 23rd of July 2020
Jacqueline A. Noonan, M.D., 91, departed from this life on July 23, 2020. She was a pediatric cardiologist in the Bluegrass area for over half a century. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Albertus Magnus, New Haven, CT and her M.D. from the University of VT. She was Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UK. She discovered a congenital heart condition, Noonan Syndrome, and devoted her life to caring for children.
She was the daughter of the late Francis and Eugenia Noonan and was born in Burlington, VT. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Beverly Noonan, Joan Nardini and her husband Raymond, and Joyce Hutchinson and her husband Robert.
She leaves to cherish her memory many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and innumerable patients and their families, whom she lovingly referred to as her children.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Mon., July 27, 2020, 10 AM, at Cathedral of Christ the King. Visitation will be Sun., July 26, 2020, 4-7 PM, Milward-Man O’ War, 1509 Trent Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may take the form of contributions to Bluegrass Care Navigators, the charity of one's choice, or KY Children’s Hospital: https://uky.networkforgood.com/causes/5412-kentucky-children-s-hospital-fund
Elinor A Graham MDsays
I had the privilege of working with Dr. Noonan from 1972-76 when my husband and I worked in Floyd County Kentucky and at that time we were the only pediatricians in that part of the state. Dr. Noonan was the Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky and with Dr. Noonan's help, we were able to develop a wonderful care and referral source for the many children that we saw with complex medical conditions who had never been able to receive any health care. She developed periodic specialist clinics that would travel out to our County that both provided essential care and helped train us to more skillfully manage children with complex needs on an ongoing basis. Later when I was working in West Virginia, she wrote letters of recommendation for me to the American Board of Pediatrics that allowed me to have my clinical work in East Kentucky considered the equivalent of a 3rd year of pediatric training. This allowed me to take and pass my Pediatric Board examinations and helped provide the basis for my future academic pediatric career at the University of Washington. I am sure that the outreach clinics that Dr. Noonan led and the support for providers working in under-resourced areas of Appalachia were acts that she repeated multiple times and saw that her Department carried out on a regular basis. She was as devoted to leading a Department of Pediatrics that served the underserved as it was to academic acomplishment and training. She was a real role model when few women were allowed to be leaders in medicine.
I had the privilege of being Dr. Noonan's roommate at Harbour Island, Bahamas, Feb. 3, 2003. We were at a watercolor workshop. I was recuperating from pneumonia, so we had fun painting and exploring the island. I knew I was in good hands. I'm sorry to hear of her passing. She will surely be missed. RIP Jackie!
She was a great role model for generations of young, training doctors. I met her as a resident, infrequently working in her clinic at 79 years old. She embodied the intellectually curious, empassioned, and compassionate person I hope to remain throughout my medical career. Not only was she best known for the syndrome to which she lent her name; many people owe their lives to her initial description of the previously and rapidly fatal hypoplastic left heart syndrome over 60 years ago.
I was 6 months old when I met Dr. Noonan she was my Dr till i was 36 she was a wonderful woman and Dr.. she will be missed..
Ruby (Moore) Thompsonsays
I was a very sick 9 year old when I met Dr Noonan. She had such a profound impact on my life at that young age! I had been diagnosed with having had rheumatic fever, which had damaged my heart and also had a mass in my chest. It was decided I had a dermoid cyst or a teratoma of some type and it HAD to be removed surgically! I underwent what was classified as heart surgery when I was 9 years old and Dr Noonan follow me until I was grown and she later diagnosed me with mitral valve prolapse also from the rheumatic fever I had suffered as a child. In my adult life I had a son of my own who she also treated. He did not have a congenital defect so she discharged him. RIP my awesome friend and doctor you will never be forgotten!
Dr. Noonan saved my life in 1967 (age 7) at the UK by insisting upon an immediate surgery for an IVCD which was difficult to detect. Her skilled hands and passion for her work gave me a second chance at life for which I will be eternally grateful. From reading the stories others have shared, she touched many lives and will hold a special place in this world forever. Rest in peace and thank you once again, Dr. Noonan.