Noel, James W. (1867-1944) | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
A Memorial from the Board of Trustees:
A graduate of the University in 1892, James Noel was during his undergraduate days a forceful character among the student body and his influence was always well directed.
After graduation he served for a short period as secretary to the President of the University, leaving to take up the study of law. In 1917 he was appointed a Trustee of the University, serving with wisdom and understanding until his death. During the last year of his life he served as President of the Board of Trustees.
He loved Purdue and in the fifty-six years of his life as student, alumnus and trustee, this love was manifested in his every act.
James William Noel, while he had great affection for Purdue University, had other interests in his life by which he will be well remembered. A brilliant lawyer, he used all his talents to promote good government. The son of a Union soldier, he served with distinction in the State Legislature and in helping mold public opinion to preserve peace and order with justice.
With a well-grounded philosophy of life, he had deep religious convictions, and he left behind him an example of public service and usefulness, which shall not be lost, and which may well be emulated by those who knew him.
The Trustees of Purdue University assembled on this 19th say of April, 1944, join in expressing sympathy to the members of his family and in recording our own personal affection for him and by resolution have adopted this memorial to be recorded in the minutes of the Trustees' Meeting of this day.