Barrington’s Dr. Noyes was pioneer in veterinary medicine
Updated: February 4, 2013 6:03AM
BARRINGTON — Dr. Jack Noyes, DVM, who ran the Noyes Animal Hospital in South Barrington for close to 40 years, died in December at age 83.
Noyes was known as a pioneer in the veterinary medicine field, most notably in the treatment of heartworm disease as it spread from the southern into the northern states.
Noyes, who was a longtime Barrington resident, was known among his staff and fellow veterinarians as an influential mentor.
“He really encouraged me. He’s really responsible for who I am today,” said Lorrie Nimsgern, who worked as Noyes’s office manager for more than 10 years. Nimsgern is now the regional operations director for the Veterinary Centers of America.
“For a long time, he was the only veterinarian in Barrington,” said Bill Noyes, Dr. Noyes’ son. “He really loved his vocation.”
Nimsgern said during the time she worked for Dr. Noyes, she saw him take in many young graduates who were impressed with Dr. Noyes progressive practices. Such techniques, she explained, included blood work prior to anesthesia, proper dental care for dogs and cats, and monthly heartworm treatments. Nimsgern said Dr. Noyes practiced many such techniques long before they became commonplace in animal hospitals nationwide.
“He was so encouraging and supportive,” said Nimsgern. “He created a family environment.”
Bill Noyes, who worked as a successful businessman at the Chicago Board of Trade for more than 25 years, said he attributed much of his success to the strong work ethic that his father instilled in him.
“He taught me everything. Work ethic, compassion, how to set goals and objectives,” said Noyes. “He was my mentor.”
Bill Noyes and his wife, Colleen, are longtime Barrington residents.
Dr. Noyes, a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, also oversaw two other area animal hospitals during his many years of practice.
Growing up in a rural area of Barrington, Dr. Noyes was said to have developed a love for animals at an early age. During his distinguished career, Dr. Noyes was involved in many philanthropic efforts. He also received several awards from national organizations for outstanding contributions to the progression and evolution of veterinary medicine.
A memorial service was held Dec. 28 for Dr. Noyes at the Barrington United Methodist Church. ~.