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
Lori, John, and Olivia Lewissays
We had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Noonan at a Noonan Syndrome conference some years ago, shortly after our daughter was diagnosed. We were in a panic because we didn’t know what this would mean for our child. How reassuring for us to know that this brilliant, compassionate woman had connected the dots among her young patients so many years earlier in discovering the syndrome, thereby setting a path for other researchers and clinicians to follow. We will always be grateful for Dr. Noonan’s outside-the-box thinking and the care she provided to the children who needed her.
Dr. Brad Kellersays
With Dr. Noonan's passing we have lost one of the world's truly greatest physician, educator, advocate, and colleague who dedicated her life to providing the best care of children and their families. I was fortunate to work with and learn from Jackie at the University of Kentucky from 1998 to 2002 and to travel with her throughout eastern Kentucky at the satellite clinics she established in 1962. Though she was considering phased retirement, she decided it would be nice to have a new car and so she purchased a custom wedgewood blue sedan to drive, fairly fearlessly, throughout the state. She invited medical students to join every clinic and they (and I) were able to learn how effectively she spoke with patients and parents about the difficult topics of congenital heart disease, and how her compassion and empathy eased their fears. Her enthusiasm and dedication to patient care inspired everyone and was one of her great gifts to her colleagues. She never, never, made an negative comment. As a member of the pioneering generation of pediatric cardiologists in the United States, Jackie was responsible for describing several very important clinical conditions, including Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Cor Pumonale, and of course, Noonan Syndrome. She was dedicated to understanding the causes of these conditions as well as their treatments and was very engaged in supporting individuals and their families through all of life's challenges. She was truly an angel in life and will hopefully continue to guide us all to be the best servants for others.
Merci pour votre travail, merci pour tous les Noonan du monde. J'ai beaucoup de respect pour vous, mon fils a le syndrome et vos recherches nous ont permis de mieux appréhender la suite. Reposez en paix parmi les anges.
Ian A Legg, Noonan Syndrome Association, UKsays
On a personal level we want to say that Jacqueline Noonan has been an inspiration during the lifetime of our son who was born with Noonan Syndrome. His life would have been poorer without her work and we will always be grateful for the work she did to write about, understand and explain Noonan Syndrome. Thank you.
Ian A Legg, Noonan Syndrome Association, UKsays
The Noonan families in the UK are sad to hear of the passing of Jacqueline Noonan. Her work in understanding and writing about this complex and variable condition has improved the lives of many families across the world. Not only that she has inspired another generation of medical professionals who are taking forward the task of understanding Noonan Syndrome. In that sense her legacy will truly live on. Our thoughts are with all her family and friends in the USA at this difficult time. Please know that over 600 Noonan families in the United Kingdom are thinking of you all Ian Legg, Chair of Trustees, Noonan Syndrome Association
Gracias Doctora NOONAN , siempre la recordaremos ..descanse en Paz