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Dr. Noonan’s dedication, support for child health lives on through estate gift

November 1, 2021

Jacqueline A. NoonanWhen Jacqueline A. Noonan, M.D., FAAP, passed away in 2020, she left behind a legacy of dedication and generous support for child health.

Originally from Vermont, she was the first pediatric cardiologist at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. While at the hospital, she discovered a rare genetic heart defect among children. Her published papers led to the disorder being named Noonan syndrome, acknowledging her important work.

Dr. Noonan practiced pediatric cardiology in Kentucky for over 50 years and was professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Noonan was a steadfast donor to many organizations that supported child health. In 1984, she started making gifts to the AAP. Her kindest and most profound gift came when Dr. Noonan made an estate commitment in 2003. This resulted in a six-figure gift for AAP programs after she died.

“Jackie was a brilliant researcher and clinician and deeply committed to the Academy’s mission. Her generosity throughout her life advanced our work for children, and this estate gift ensures that her dedication to children’s health will live on in perpetuity,” said Robert M. Corwin, M.D., FAAP, chair of the AAP Committee on Development.

Dr. Noonan was passionate about investing in the future of children through an estate gift to the AAP. She left behind a legacy to be proud of, which included a deep commitment to the AAP mission for child health.

To learn more about estate giving, visit or contact Jill Taylor at or 630-626-6033.

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