Vol. 33, No. 2     Fall 2010
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Richard F. Noble, M.D. ’59

Adapted from YumaSun.com

Richard F. Noble, M.D., passed away on Jan. 28, 2010, in Yuma, Ariz., of complications related to pneumonia. He was born Nov. 26, 1933, in Great Falls, Mont., to John F. and Lytle Noble. He grew up in Cut Bank, Mont., where he graduated in 1951 as valedictorian from El-Hi Public Schools. Some of his fondest memories of his youth were the times he spent at his uncle Clarence Audet’s ranch on the Milk River in southern Alberta, Canada.

Richard graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., in 1955 and from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1959. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and continued his studies as an intern at Oakland Naval Hospital. Richard was trained as a naval flight surgeon in Pensacola, Fla., followed by a tour of duty at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma.

He was a resident in anesthesiology at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego and a staff anesthesiologist at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan, which included four months as part of a shipboard surgical team in Vietnam. Richard returned to Oakland, where he served as assistant chief of anesthesia at Oakland Naval Hospital.

Richard retired from the Navy in 1969 and began private practice in anesthesia at San Leandro Memorial Hospital in San Leandro, Calif., and later in Cheyenne, Wyo., where he was chief of anesthesia at Memorial and DePaul Hospitals. He enlisted in the Wyoming Air National Guard in 1976 and served as state air surgeon from 1976 to 1988. While there, Richard earned the rank of colonel. He married Claudia Ternes on Oct. 24, 1975 in Cheyenne.

In 1989, he relocated to Fargo, N.D., to complete his career at the Dakota Clinic as a staff anesthesiologist. In 1996, Richard retired, and he and his wife moved to the Pacific Northwest where they lived until 2005. Then they moved to Yuma. Richard was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. His hobbies included scuba diving, skiing in the Rocky Mountains, tennis, world travel and boating in the Puget Sound area. He was a voracious reader with a particular interest in western history.

Richard is survived by his wife, Claudia, and his children: Paul (Cindy) of Longmont, Colo., Greg (Peggy) of Anchorage, Alaska, and Lisa Fredrickson (Barry) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He also is survived by his sisters: Ann Doll of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Odette Noble of New York, N.Y., his sister-in-law, Phyllis Noble of Seattle, Wash., six grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

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