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Lou B. "Bink" Noll

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Excerpted from: The Beloit Daily News (Monday, Nov. 10, 1986)

Lou B. "Bink" Noll, 59, 805 Church St., Beloit, widely recognized poet and professor of English at Beloit College, died Sunday in Beloit Memorial Hospital.

Widely published as a poet, Mr. Noll's poetry volumes included The House published in 1984, The Feast in 1967 and The Center of the Circle in 1962.

Two years ago he started work on what he predicted would be a six-year project titled "Living in Beloit: The Pursuit of Happiness," which he said would not be entirely poems. For the past couple of years he was developing a course and an anthology of modern American poets under a Mellon grant.

His work appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Yale Review and the Chicago Tribune.

He received the Hewlett-Mellon Grant for research, and the Uhrig Foundation Award as Beloit College's teacher of the year in 1965. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 1974, one of the 154 creative writers honored in written competition.

Mr. Noll had said at one time that his favorite courses were Milton and "Writing for Actors." He was a Fullbright lecturer in Spain. He was a former member of the editorial board of Beloit Poetry Journal and one of the founders of the Wisconsin Poetry Circuit.

A frequent lecturer on poetry before university audiences in various parts of the nation and here in Beloit, he was a poet in residence at Lawrence University the Winter of 1977. He held a similar post, called resident fellow, in creative writing at Princeton University.

Mr. Noll authored the play The Flag, which discusses war, which was presented in Eaton Chapel in 1968. He was an enthusiastic supporter of regional performing arts.

Mr. Noll was a past member of the Council for Wisconsin Writers Board. He chaired the Cultural and Community Affairs Committee and held a seat on the committee for the Collections of Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College.

He joined the Beloit College faculty in 1953, and a year later was appointed to the English faculty of Dartmouth College where he taught for six years. The Fullbright grant to lecture on American Literature in Zaragoza Spain, followed in 1960-61. He returned to Beloit College in 1961 and became a full professor in 1969.

In 1985, Mr. Noll was elected to the Wisconsin Public Radio Board of Directors for a three-year term.

After earning his BA degree from Princeton in 1948 he was granted an MA degree in 1950 from Johns Hopkins. He received his PhD from the the University of Colorado in 1956.

Mr. Noll was born April 15, 1927, in Orange N.J., the son of Louis and Elsie Marie Barker Noll. He served in the Merchant Marine from August 1945 to January 1947.

Survivors include two daughters, Lynne and Sarah; and a son Christopher.

Arrangements are pending at the Rosman-Uehling-Kinzer Cranston Road Chapel.