NOSEWORTHY John Noseworthy, MD, age 69, passed away unexpectedly on November 5, 2013 at his residence in Jacksonville, Florida. Born in Laconia, New Hampshire, John received his undergraduate degree from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1970, completed an internship and residency in general surgery and urology at Case Western Reserve from 1970 to 1978, and served a pediatric general surgery fellowship at Children s Hospital in Boston from 1978-1980. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Surgery/Pediatric Surgery, and the American Board of Urology. Dr. Noseworthy joined Nemours in 1987 as Surgeon-in-Chief and created the modern Department of Surgery at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, as the Hospital expanded its services beyond orthopedic care for children. He subsequently recruited the leaders and future leaders of General Surgery, ENT, Urology, and many of the other surgical specialties that have become successful for the Hospital. Dr. Noseworthy mentored and provided guidance to hundreds of young physicians during his long career. He began his career as a pediatric general surgeon and urologist in 1980 at Cincinnati Children s Hospital before coming to Nemours. He held that role until December 1996 when he transferred to Jacksonville to serve as Assistant Physician-in-Chief at Nemours Children s Clinic, Jacksonville. In April 2009 he was appointed to the Emeritus Medical Staff in recognition of his many contributions to Nemours and the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. After Dr. Noseworthy retired from practice, he became Medical Director of Development for the Nemours Fund for Children s Health, the philanthropic arm of Nemours. With his usual passion, he helped to build a philanthropic tradition at Nemours to support the mission of the organization. Dr. Noseworthy was passionately devoted to improving the health of children. Larger than life in both physical presence and personality, he had a gentle heart, especially when it came to children. Whenever a new idea or program was being considered, his favorite comment was, After all, it s all about the kids. In 2005, the Nemours Fund for Children s Health named its Associate Annual Giving program It s All About the Kids in his honor. Dr. Noseworthy had wide-ranging interests outside of medicine. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed fly fishing at his vacation home in Maine, and adored international travel, opera, fine wines and reading. Dr. Noseworthy had an encyclopedic knowledge on a wide range of subjects and loved to share it with friends and colleagues. He was a member of the Wilmington Rotary Club. Dr. Noseworthy is survived by his loving family, including former wife Barbara Noseworthy, daughters Elizabeth Fitzsimmons and Caroline Noseworthy, son-in-law Richard Seipert and grandsons Adam Fitzsimmons, Tyson Seipert and Taylor Seipert and granddaughters Morgann Seipert and MaKaela Seipert. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dr. Noseworthy may be sent to: Nemours Fund for Children s Health, Shands House, 1600 Rockland Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803 or made online at [email protected]
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Published by Florida Times-Union on Nov. 11, 2013.