Howard Noggle – faithful alumnus dies at 88

Article published Jun 13, 2007

Faithful alumnus dies at 88

Noggle known as role model for IWU students




He was known as "Mr. Marion College," "The Man with the Million Dollar Smile" and often joked he was the only "tenured student" at Indiana Wesleyan University.


The Rev. Howard Noggle, who spent 64 years in various roles at IWU, died at 10:30 p.m. Monday at Colonial Oaks Health Care Center.


He was 88.


"When you think about the life of Dr. Howard Noggle, it’s difficult to know where to begin," said Jim Barnes, former IWU president.


Noggle began as a student at what was then called Marion College in 1936. By the time of his retirement in 2004, he had served as field representative, director of alumni, director of church relations and special assistant to the president.


He served five presidents and was a special assistant to Barnes.


"I remember him well from my days as a student there," Barnes said.


Barnes said Noggle was a man of extreme faith who became an institution at the university. The university’s Christian ministry center was named for him.


"He was a role model to generations of students," he said.


Noggle married his wife, Marie, in 1941. She worked at the college bookstore for 41 years and died Dec. 26, 2003.


Noggle was known for using his smile to help the university raise thousands of dollars.


He is survived by a daughter, Carol (Deane) Dayton, Huntsville, Ala., and a grandson, Christopher Dayton, Huntsville, Ala.




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