Contact: Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790


Charles Noonan, Esq. and Constance Noonan to Receive the College's Associates' Award at Fundraising Luncheon on Tuesday, March 9

Allentown, PA (February 18, 2004) Charles T. Noonan, partner at the Allentown firm of Noonan & Prokup, and his wife, Constance S. Noonan will be honored as the recipients of the 2004 Cedar Crest College Associates' Award. The Noonan's will receive the award at the Associates' Award Luncheon, Tuesday, March 9 at 12 Noon in the Dining Room of the Tompkins College Center, Cedar Crest College. The Noonan's are both long-term associates at Cedar Crest. Charles has been a College Trustee since 1994 and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. Constance is also very active in the College community.

Charles Noonan was born in Ashland, Kentucky, where he went through the public school system until attending Harvard College. He graduated from Harvard magma cum laude in 1945, then taught English and literature in Harwich, Massachusetts for one year before returning to Harvard to pursue a law degree. Noonan received his juris doctorate in 1949, then came to Allentown, where he has practiced law ever since at the Allentown firm of Noonan & Prokup.

Noonan has served as the Director of Merchants Bank for twenty-six years and has also been active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce, receiving its Distinguished Service Award. He has served as a member of the board for East Penn School District for six years, being treasurer for one of those years and president for another.

Constance Noonan was born in Allentown. She went to Stephens College in Missouri where she studied chemistry. After finishing college, she married Charles and they moved back to Allentown. Constance has been active with Head Start, she has served on the board at the YMCA and she has volunteered at Allentown Hospital. She has also served on the Advisory Board for the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth Services. Constance has been professionally engaged in property management and in the law office. In 2002, she sponsored an elite college exhibition by the Russian-American artist, Ivan Djeneef.

The Noonan's are the twelfth recipients of the Associates' Award presented by the Associates of Cedar Crest College. Given annually, the Associates' Award recognizes an individual or individuals who have made significant contributions to Cedar Crest College; graduates of the College who have achieved success in their chosen fields; or individuals whose careers reflect the College's mission of promoting women's leadership.

In receiving the award, the Noonan's join a distinguished group of past honorees: Dr. Anne Okal Winkler, Cedar Crest College Trustee and pioneer in the field of nursing (2003); Abram Samuels, Cedar Crest College Trustee, philanthropist, and Chairman of the Board of Automatic Devices, Inc. (2002); Kathryn Stephanoff, Director of the Allentown Public Library (2001); Joan Miller Moran, activist and volunteer (2000); Helen M. Whitaker '71, Vice President of Administration at Northampton Community College (1999); Cynthia Blaschak '84, Cedar Crest College Trustee (1998); Jane S. Baker '67, former Pennsylvania State Representative and former Lehigh County Executive (1997); Elsbeth G. Haymon, community activist and development director for Community Services for Children (1996); The Honorable Madaline Palladino (1995); Alice Anne Miller, Cedar Crest College Trustee (1994); and Ardath Rodale, CEO, Rodale Inc. (1993).

Founded in 1964, the Associates of Cedar Crest College are business, professional and civic leaders from the greater Lehigh Valley area who have demonstrated a continuing interest toward the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts education of women. The Associates joined the College in an effort to develop close ties with business and community leaders and to directly participate in the development of higher education. In 1981, they began awarding student scholarships in order to play a more substantial role in educating future leaders. The Associates also assist the Board of Trustees and the President in achieving a broader community understanding of the philosophy and educational program of the College. They are encouraged to participate in the life of the College community so they can benefit from its cultural experience and be better equipped to share the values, talents and resources of Cedar Crest with the community.

Tickets to the Associates' Awards Luncheon honoring Charles and Constance Noonan are still available. For tickets and information, contact the Cedar Crest College Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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