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
Thank you Dr. Noonan for taking my call all those years ago and listening and directing us on how to get answers for our new son Graham. It was a challenging diagnosis to accept but much easier as we finally had answers. You are forever a customer part of our family story. Dave
Rest In Peace Jacqueline Noonan. Thank you for your life’s work and for demystifying this condition. Sincere condolences to family and friends. From one of your Noonan families.
Thank you, merci from Canada, from all the children like my son and their families. You made our lives easier by giving this syndrom a name, giving us the informations we needed and giving it your full attention. My dearest thoughts to your family, friends and patients. You will be remembered, always.
We were honored and privileged to meet Dr. Noonan at several RASopathy conferences. Her advice was needed and valued at a time when we worried about the future life our son would have. Dr. Noonan was down-to-earth and we so appreciated getting to know her. We're lucky to have one of "her children" and consider it an honor that she thought of our son that way. She truly was a life-saver for so many of those kids. Our son is a healthy 23 year old now. He is doing great thanks to Dr. Noonan and other doctors, therapists, and teachers who care and help. Thank you Dr. Noonan!
Elisabeth Faith Parkersays
I'd always hoped we'd have the opportunity to meet and thank Dr. Noonan in person someday. Although our son Ezra currently has no heart issues, it was her discoveries that gave Ezra's condition a name...a diagnosis that ultimately saved his life. ⠀ Our story with Noonan syndrome is unique in the fact that Ezra didn't have any heart issues when he was born. There was nothing out of the norm on his ultrasounds during my pregnancy. His blood abnormalities, feeding issues, and chronic illness were a mystery until he was diagnosed with leukemia at 4 months old, and it was Ezra's Noonan syndrome diagnosis 2 months later that vastly changed his course of treatment for the cancer. Had we not known about Noonan syndrome, Ezra would have undergone the grueling process of a bone marrow transplant...his expected survival rate was only 50%. In my heart, I knew he would not survive the transplant...he weighed only 12 pounds and was unable to retain most of the milk he was getting, even after having a feeding tube implanted in his belly. He was so ill, and even with his fighting spirit, I knew his frail little body wasn't strong enough. I also knew my heart would be broken in two staying with Ezra in the hospital for months during the transplant process while my husband and oldest son(then only 3 years old) would have to stay back at home, an hour and a half away from the children's hospital. ⠀ Ezra's Noonan syndrome diagnosis was the best news in his case because, although it was responsible for his predisposition to the leukemia, it was also the thing that made his case much more survivable, without a transplant—and having a name for his other health issues has given us the framework to better understand and care for him these past 7 years. Rare disease patients spend an average of 4.8 years searching for a diagnosis...we only had to wait 6 months! We have Dr. Noonan to thank for that. If not for her life's work, and if we had had to wait any longer to discover Ezra's diagnosis, I really don't think we would still have him with us today. Thank you Dr. Noonan for the the legacy of hope and the wealth knowledge you have left behind, and for all the lives your work has saved. We are forever grateful.
I am terribly saddened to hear of Dr Noonan's passing. Without her and her knowledge I don't know how my daughter would be doing. She made it possible for so many diagnosed with Noonan Syndrome to better treatment and for the medical system to understand their complex needs. She will be missed. Sending prayers and thoughts to her family, friends, and patience who I know she made a difference in their lives. Rest well.