Wakefield Faculty/Staff Deceased: In Memoriam

Anne Elizabeth Nolte
b: 4/6/1929   d: 3/10/2009

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Anne Nolte MISS ANN NOLTE, Department Head, Girls Physical Education; Adapted P.E; G.A.A.
The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois - March 13, 2009

Ann E. Nolte, April 6, 1929-March 10, 2009, of Bloomington.

obNolteA2009.jpg (20563 bytes)A memorial service celebrating Ann's life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Second Presbyterian Church, 313 North East Street, Bloomington.

Her distinguished career in health education includes numerous achievements, honors and awards.  Her career spans over 40 years, involving teaching positions from high school to university settings. Dr. Nolte's research interests were numerous.

Dr. Nolte officially retired from Illinois State University in 1990, but remained very active in the profession, including contributions to a new work on Philosophical Foundations of Health Education, about to go to press.  She is most appreciated for her extensive work on the philosophical foundations and historical perspectives of health education, a movement she both chronicled and shaped for modern higher education.   Tribute to Ann please see: http://aenolte.dzopus.org/

Ann was born in Georgia and grew up in Washington, D.C.  Ann began her work in the public schools of Arlington, Virginia, where she taught at Washington Lee High School, followed by master's degree work at University of Wisconsin on emotional growth and development of children. During doctoral work at Ohio State University, she produced a 10-year index of the Journal of School Health for the American School Health Association, alongside extensive teaching and formative research in health education.

Having helped research and develop a K-12 health education program while at Ohio State, Dr. Nolte was named associate director of the School Health Education Study Project based in Falls Church, Virginia.  From 1966 to 1970 she worked with the Public Health Service, the Department of Education, at that time the U.S. Office of Education and other branches of the government to improve health education.  Nationwide contacts led to a position teaching at State University of New York at Brockport.  After two years, she accepted an invitation to develop the curriculum that grew into the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, the Biological Science Department at Illinois State.

Ann was the first faculty member of the program.  In 1987, Illinois State University named her Distinguished Professor.  Dr. Nolte was the first woman elevated to this position.  Her interdisciplinary Distinguished Professor paper on the area now known as neuropsychoimmunology served as a harbinger of the movement known as "Positive Psychology."  Always thinking ahead led her to lay the basis for establishment of interdisciplinary graduate study in public health at Illinois State. Her vision includes entrepreneurship, information sciences and proactive health education to create better businesses and better communities through applied positive psychology and health education.

Her colleagues also acknowledged her contributions to health education many times with such honors as the Warren E. Schaller Presidential Citation (1990) and the National Honor Award (1985) from Eta Sigma Gamma; the Presidential Citation (1987) and the American Association for Health Education (AAHE) Scholar Award (1983) from the American Association for Health Education; Honor Award (1984) and R. Tait McKenzie Award (1988) from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; the Distinguished Service Award (1977) from the American School Health Association and the Distinguished Fellow of the Society (1992) from the Society for Public Health Education.  She served as American Association for Health Education president from 1980 to 1982; and American Association for Health Education Historian, 1974 to present.

Ann's philanthropic leadership included founding and serving to her death as board member of the Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education Foundation, creation of scholarships, Scholar in Residence program for Health Education at Illinois State University Foundation and strong strategic support of the local Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.

She is survived by her sister, Nina Sullivan; niece, Carol S. Gall; and nephew, Donald Sullivan, Odessa, Florida; and children of her brother, Miles H. Nolte, Paul and Richard Nolte, Sue McDonald and Nancy Findley.  Notes of condolences for the family should be addressed to her sister, Nina Sullivan, 5562 Salem Square Drive, South Palm Harbor, Florida 34685-1140.

Memorials in lieu of flowers should go to a charity of the donor's choice, including Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education, in care of Linda M. Moore, program manager, AAHE, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191-1599, (703) 476.3437; the Illinois State Foundation, Attn: Ann Nolte Scholar in Education Program, in care of ISU Foundation, Campus Box 3200, Normal, Illinois 61790-3200 (309) 438-7681; or Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Attn: Ann E. Nolte Donor Advised Fund, 202 N. Prospect, Suite 205, Bloomington, Illinois 61704 (309) 662-4477.

Interview for the "Legends Series", a tribute to Dr. Ann Elizabeth Nolte

2011 Wakefield Class of 1960 and Wakefield Education Foundation (information@wakefieldalumni.org)