||MISS ANN NOLTE, Department Head, Girls Physical Education; Adapted
|The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois - March 13, 2009
Ann E. Nolte, April 6, 1929-March 10, 2009, of Bloomington.
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
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
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,
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.
for the "Legends Series", a tribute to Dr. Ann Elizabeth Nolte