Dr. Ann Elizabeth Nolte: In Memoriam 1929-2009
Ann E. Nolte, PhD, CHES Distinguished Professor Emerita of Health Education, Illinois State University and past president of the American Association for Health Education (AAHE) died March 10, 2009. Dr. Nolte was a national leader in health education for nearly five decades having begun her work at the national level as the associate director of the School Health Education Study (SHES) Project based in Washington, D.C. from 1966-1970.
Dr. Nolte's distinguished career in health education includes numerous achievements, honors and awards. Her career involved teaching positions from high school to university settings. Dr. Nolte's research interests were numerous. She officially retired in 1990, but remained very active in the profession, including making contributions to a new work on Philosophical Foundations of Health Education, about to go to press as a Jossey-Bass/Wiley AAHE Press publication. She is most appreciated for her extensive work on the philosophical foundations and historical perspectives of health education, a movement she both chronicled and shaped for modern higher education. Her dissertation while at the Ohio State University traced the history of the NEA/AMA Joint Committee on School Health.
One of Nolte's most significant achievements was the development of the health education program at Illinois State University (ISU). She was the first faculty member of the program and a professor at ISU from 1973 until her retirement in 1990. In 1987, Illinois State University named her Distinguished Professor. Dr. Nolte was the first woman professor at ISU elevated to this position. Her interdisciplinary Distinguished Professor paper on the area now known as "neuropsychoimmunology" served as a harbinger of the movement known as "positive psychology." Always thinking ahead led her to lay the groundwork for establishment of an interdisciplinary graduate study in Public Health at Illinois State. Her vision included entrepreneurship, information sciences and proactive health education to create better businesses and better communities through applied positive psychology and health education.