John Nolte Memorial to be Held November 25

Nov 1, 2013

TUCSON, Ariz. – John Nolte, PhD, professor emeritus of cellular and molecular medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, passed away on October 22.

A faculty member at the UA College of Medicine since 1990, Dr. Nolte’s impact upon the college and its medical students will be noted for generations.

He is survived by his wife Kathy, his mother, Joan Nolte, of Toms River, N.J., and his sister, Barbara Nolte of Staten Island, N.Y. He is also survived by his stepson, Will McNeal and his wife, Tracy, and granddaughters Margaret, Nora and Phoebe and his parrot, Megawatt, and dog, Emily Ann.

The UA Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine will host a memorial for Dr. Nolte on Monday, November 25 at DuVal Auditorium, room 2600, at the University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus. The memorial will begin at 11 a.m. with a reception following.

Serving as the director of the human neuroscience course and the nervous system block, Dr. Nolte’s passion and dedication for teaching were undeniable, with both routinely being ranked as the highest of all basic science courses within the College of Medicine curriculum.

Dr. Nolte was one of only four medical school faculty members in the United States and Canada to be recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges for his effort to give the next generation of physicians an exceptional educational experience as the recipient of an Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award.

Dr. Nolte received numerous UA awards for his innovative teaching, including Excellence in Innovation in Teaching (1992, 2006), Excellence in Basic Science Teaching for Medical Students (1999, 2002), and Basic Sciences Educator of the Year (1996, 1997, 1999) And in 2000, he earned the Basic Science Educator of the Year Lifetime Award. Dr. Nolte also was recognized as the Basic Science Educator of the Year by the graduating classes of 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007. Befitting his educational renown, Dr. Nolte was a founding member and first Chair of the Academy of Medical Educators and Scholars (AMES) at the College of Medicine.

A technological leader, Dr. Nolte was instrumental in developing the UA College of Medicine’s Learning Resource Center for computer-based instruction and small-group teaching of basic science knowledge and clinical skills. He also was involved in the design and production of instructional multimedia and software packages dealing with human neuroscience, one of which includes “Stalking the Wild Asparagyrus: An Interactive Neuroscience Syllabus,” an extensive online syllabus for learning neuroscience that contains quizzes for students’ self-assessment.

For 12 years he directed the Division of Academic Resources, which worked with faculty and students to evaluate and enhance the college’s educational programs. He also developed the Deans’ Teaching Scholars program to recognize and enhance teaching skills at the Arizona Health Sciences Center; faculty selected for the program participated in seminars, workshops and development projects dealing with educational issues.

Dr. Nolte is the author of two texts that are used widely in medical and other health sciences schools around the world. “The Human Brain: An Introduction to Its Functional Anatomy,” first appeared more than 25 years ago, and is now in its sixth edition. He also is co-author (with Jay B. Angevine, PhD, UA professor emeritus of anatomy) of “The Human Brain in Photographs and Diagrams,” now in its fourth edition. Dr. Nolte authored “Elsevier’s Integrated Neuroscience,” one volume in a comprehensive series that covers the basic medical curriculum, as well.

Dr. Nolte received his bachelor of science degree from Providence College in Rhode Island in 1966 and his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971. Following postdoctoral work at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, he joined the faculty there in 1972 and was named the first University of Colorado President’s Teaching Scholar from the School of Medicine.

Dr. Nolte’s presence at the College of Medicine will be greatly missed.

Please contact Charlotte Smith at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine with any questions on the memorial, 520-626-6048,

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