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Burl Noggle

Burl Lee Noggle
Born (1924-07-01)July 1, 1924
Bostic, Rutherford County
North Carolina, USA
Died November 6, 2013(2013-11-06) (aged 89)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Resting place Greenoaks Memorial Park in Baton Rouge
Residence Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Alma mater Duke University
Occupation Historian
Professor at New Mexico State University and Louisiana State University
Years active 1955-1995
Spouse(s) Kathleen "Kate" Randall Noggle

Stephen L. Noggle
Vanessa Noggle

Amy N. Ruhin

Walter Farris Noggle

Annie Bell Greene Noggle

Burl Lee Noggle (July 1, 1924 - November 6, 2013), was an American historian who from 1960 to 1995 was a professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Noggle was born to the late Walter Farris Noggle and the former Annie Bell Greene in rural Burke County, also in western North Carolina. In 1943, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific on the island of Saipan. Subsequently, under the G. I. Bill of Rights, he attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1950. He received from Duke a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Ph.D. in history in 1950, 1951, and 1955, respectively.[1]


From 1955 to 1960, he taught Latin American history and Western Civilization at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In the fall of 1960, he came to LSU, where he focused primarily in the classroom upon historiography and Twentieth Century U.S. history. He taught survey courses, undergraduate classes, honors classes, graduate seminars, and special topics and readings courses. During several summers he taught at his alma mater, Duke, and at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Professor Noggle employed not only traditional methods of instruction but works of popular culture and fiction, including John Dos PassosU.S.A.,[2] film, photography, and popular music , to highlight U.S. history from 1900 to 1950. He added a new course "The Age of Roosevelt" to the LSU history offerings. He taught the seminar on historiography for twenty-five years. In his later years, he began to focus on the American West, a subject which had whetted his academic appetite while he lived in New Mexico.[1]

Noggle published four books of history:

  • (2) Into the Twenties: The United States from Armistice to Normalcy (1974),[4] a look at the time from the end of World War I into the Harding administration;
  • (3) Working with History: The Historical Records Survey in Louisiana and the Nation, 1936-1942 (1981),[5] and
  • (4) The Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History, 1937 – 1990: A Historiographical Essay (1993).[5][6]

In addition, Noggle penned articles in professional journals and directed the work of more than seventy-five graduate students. In 1985, LSU designated Noggle as a "Distinguished Alumni Professor" for achievement in teaching. He was a reader of manuscripts submitted to the American Historical Association, and the Southern Historical Association.[1]

Upon retirement from LSU in 1995, as professor emeritus.[2] Noggle and his wife, Kathleen "Kate" Randall, remained in Baton Rouge. He died there in his library in their home at the age of eighty-nine. He had three children, Stephen L. Noggle (born 1953) of Morganton, North Carolina, Vanessa Noggle of [7] A public memorial service was held on January 19, 2014, at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on the LSU campus.[1]

See also

Noggle's LSU historian colleagues included:


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