John Noseworthy, MD
Date of Death - November 5, 2013
Obituary
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. A private service will be held at Highland Cemetery, Rumney NH. 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 givenow@nemours.org.
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Services

A private service will be held at Highland Cemetery, Rumney NH.
Condolences

Eleanor Clemente

Dear Barbara and Family, Before Dr. Noseworthy retired from Nemours, I had the opportunity to chat with him about our childhoods, hobbies, and significant occasions that impacted our lives. I knew him as the Surgeon-in-Chief, and to have him share the personal side of his life was very memorable. Please know that I am so sorry for your family's loss. Sincerely, Eleanor Clemente

THE MILLS FAMILY,EASTON,MD

WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR OF DR.NOSEWORTHY'S PASSING,HE WAS AN EXCELLENT DOCTOR AND HAD A CARING SPIRIT.BACK IN 1998 HE OPERATED ON OUR SON,WHEN THE DOCTOR'S IN DOVER,DEL COULDN'T FIX HIS PROBLEM,DR.NOSEWORTHY DONE IT AND REASSURED US OUR SON WOULD BE FINE.AND BECAUSE HE FELT OUR PAIN,SMILED AND SAID"AND I GUARANTEE HE WILL GIVE YOU MANY,MANY GRANDCHILDREN,WE LAUGHED,THOUGH STILL FRIGTHEN.WELL,HE GOT BETTER EACH DAY,AND HE GAVE US 3 BEAUTIFUL GRANDCHILDREN.FAMILY TRUST GOD THROUGH ALL OF THIS AND HE WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH.WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR LOVE ONE.

Jeff Morrison

Dr. Noseworthy cared for my daughter, Emiy, when she was born in 1987. His larger than life presence was only exeeded by a heart that most likely struggled to fit in his body. He was all heart, and I clearly remember him, his face, his smile, and his commitment to each and every child at AIDI. I am so sorry for your loss, but please be comforted by the fact that many many children are alive and healthy because of Dr. Noseworthy. Emily is now a 26 year old Special Ed teaher that would not be here but not for the love o f everyone at AIDI. Rest in Peace, Dr. Noseworthy.


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