Burl Noggle

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Burl Lee Noggle

(Historian at New Mexico State and Louisiana State University)

Born July 1, 1924
Bostic, Rutherford County
North Carolina, USA
Died November 6, 2013
(aged 89)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Resting place:
Greenoaks Memorial Park in Baton Rouge

Spouse Kathleen "Kate" Randall Noggle

Stephen L. Noggle
Vanessa Noggle
Amy N. Ruhin
Walter Farris and Annie Bell Greene Noggle
Alma mater:
Duke University
(Durham, North Carolina)

Military Service
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Battles/wars Saipan in World War II

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 Bostic in Rutherford County in western North Carolina. He was educated in the public schools of Morganton in 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, Noggle 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. trilogy,[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:

  • (1) Teapot Dome: Oil and Politics in the 1920's (1962),[3] a study of the Teapot Dome scandal which tarnished the image of U.S. President Warren G. Harding though he was not personally involved in the scandal.
  • (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 LSU Press and served on the Faculty Press Committee. Noggle was affiliated with the Organization of American Historians, 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 Asheville, North Carolina, and Amy N. Ruhin of Atlanta, Georgia, and two grandchildren. A private service and interment was held at Greenoaks Memorial Park in Baton Rouge on Veterans Day 2013.[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:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Burl Noggle. The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate (January 12, 2014). Retrieved on October 22, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Burl Noggle (1924-2013). lsupress.org. Retrieved on October 22, 2020.
  3. Teapot Dome: Oil and Politics in the 1920, 256 pp.; ISBN 9780393002973. W. W. Norton, 1965 reprint. Retrieved on October 22, 2020.
  4. Into the Twenties: The United States from Armistice to Normalcy; ISBN 9780252004209. University of Illinois Press, 1974. Retrieved on October 22, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Books by Burl Noggle. amazon.com. Retrieved on October 22, 2020.
  6. (1992) The Fleming Lectures, 1937-1990: A Historiographical Essay. LSU Press. ISBN 978-0-8071-1780-4. Retrieved on October 22, 2020. 
  7. Burl L. Noggle obituary. The Baton Rouge Advocate (November 8, 2013). Retrieved on January 12, 2014.