October 19, 1951 - July 19, 2014 He was so much more than a doctor. He was a surfer, a USC Clinical Associate Professor (over 20 years), professional soccer player, perpetual student, honorary fireman, dedicated family man, and so much more. Alphabet soup trailed after his name (M.D., FAAFP, FACEP among his titles.) And yet the colleagues and patients whose lives he touched in the ER's of Glendale Memorial, Glendale Adventist, USC Verdugo Hills and elsewhere, universally said he was one of the most caring and exceptionally kind human beings they had ever known. A fountain of positive, optimistic energy, he was a born healer. His patients reported they started to feel better with his approach, his touch and his smile. It also helped that he spoke six languages. He carried an old-school black doctor's bag, wrote prescriptions using a Waterman fountain pen with green ink, and taught his medical students to do the basics first and to treat the whole patient, not just the ailment. And yet, at the same time he prided himself as a medical tech-geek, who developed a smartphone app popular among medical professionals. He was the EMS Medical Director for the Glendale Fire Department. Born in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, he knew he wanted to be a doctor by the age of five. After his family moved to the USA, he graduated from Cal State Northridge, attended the USC School of Medicine, followed by internship and residency at UCLA Hospital and Clinics. In addition to being a double board-certified emergency room physician, he taught medicine from 1986 to 2014 at the USC School of Medicine and elsewhere. He leaves his wife of 41 years, Christine Royer Noll, children William Royer Van Noll, Kimberly Charlene Trandall, son-in-law Matthew Robert Trandall, and a brand new grandson Tyson Edmond Trandall. No public service is planned. The family asks that you send no flowers, but if he touched your life and you would like to send the story to his family, you can at EdNoll@aol.com. As Ed would always say at the end of a call or an email, "Keep the Faith."
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 24 to July 27, 2014