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
I just discovered now that Dr. Noonan had passed away last year. I was listening to a Christmas Carol Program, and when I heard a song from LesMes, I immediately thought about Drm Noonan. She started the UK Hospital Choir made up of Students, Staff & Faculty which I was a member. The name of our choir was "The Medtones". Dr. Noonan always liked to stand beside me when we sang. I decided to search on Google to see if she was still living. I was so saddened in to learn she passed away last year. As a Staff Assistant in Cardio thoracic Surgery where Dr. Robert Wallet was Chief of the Division, I was always told that if Dr. Noonan called wanting to speak to Dr. Salley that I needed to connect her immediately to him. They worked closely in together, especially in since Dr. Salley operated on babies, etc. ( My name was Nancy Taulbee when I was in CT Surgery). Dr. Noonan will be missed.
I was one of the original patience studied and studied by doctor Noonan I have Noonan syndrome and so does my four siblings I felt proud to have met her and been taken care of by her may she rest in peace
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..