[NFBWATLK] Mark Noble
albertsanchez at suddenlink.net
Sat Oct 13 06:17:55 UTC 2018
I too remember Mark well, he was a good dog guide user and a friend to many
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From: "Nightingale, Noel via NFBWATLK" <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
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Cc: "Nightingale, Noel" <Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov>
Sent: Friday, October 12, 2018 12:01 PM
Subject: [NFBWATLK] Mark Noble
> NFB of Washington,
> I am sad to report that Mark Noble died yesterday, where he lived in
> Austin, Texas. In the last couple decades, Mark was a president of the
> Greater Seattle Chapter and member of the NFB of Washington board of
> directors. Mark also memorably served as the chair of the Department of
> Services for the Blind's state rehabilitation council where his leadership
> stirred DSB to change the unacceptable Orientation and Training Center
> student dorm that was rented from the Lions on S. Ferdinand Street in the
> Columbia city neighborhood in Seattle to rental apartments. Mark had
> remarked at an SRC meeting that, if he had been a newly blinded OTC
> student and had to live in the dorm, he would have killed himself.
> Dan Frye, correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that Mark served on the
> DSB task force that you chaired whose recommendations caused a revamp of
> the OTC, from the residential housing to the classes to a requirement that
> new DSB staff members undergo significant sleep shade training at the OTC
> before starting their jobs. Many of those changes have since been
> reversed, but there was a time when the OTC had what appeared to be a
> model program.
> Mark was a charismatic member of our affiliate. For one thing, Mark and
> his wife, Debbie who has since died, threw lively parties at their home
> for the chapter. Mark could also make difficult situations easier with
> his tremendous sense of humor.
> Mark died of pancreatic cancer. Dan Frye was able to visit him in Austin
> a few weeks ago, and I hope that Dan will find time to share his memories
> of Mark with us as Mark served as a form of a big brother for Dan.
> When Mark left Washington to work for the Social Security Administration
> in Texas, it was a real loss for our affiliate.
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