John C. Noonan
August 8, 2008
John Clare Noonan died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, at Aspen Valley Hospital.
Born in Philadelphia on June 11, 1938, he was educated by the Christian Brothers at LaSalle College High School and LaSalle College (now University). He did graduate studies at American University. Following graduation in 1959, he went to work for Triangle Publications in Philadelphia. His job as promotion manager for Seventeen magazine included writing a monthly column as “Joanne Walters,” offering advice to teenage girls. After assignments in Miami and Washington, D.C., he moved to New York in 1967 as marketing director for TV Guide. When he moved to Aspen in 1990, he felt he had moved to another world, one which he embraced enthusiastically.
His weekly interview program, Aspen Media Review, quickly became a staple of KAJX, Aspen Public Radio. Wide ranging in topics, the program featured interviews with both high-profile celebrities as well as interesting locals. As news director, he greeted Aspenites as they were getting up in the morning, giving them the latest happenings around town (sometimes after he had cleaned the snow off the satellite dish).
He loved the hum of the station, its staff, board and volunteers. Annual trips to London to see the shows helped him land some interviews.
Although John never married, he enjoyed the children of his sister, Austine Noonan Stitt. Kindly Uncle John delighted in his “adored niecelettes,” Kendra and Elizabeth. John’s surviving family also includes Kendra’s husband, William A. Robins, and their children, Cole Austin and Avery Elizabeth, and Elizabeth’s husband, Brian P. Blackshaw, and their daughters, Madeleine Patricia and Charlotte Clare.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for him at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at St. Mary Catholic Church.