LCCC founding trustees deceased:

Noyes, left, was a distinguished WWII veteran and served two terms as Laramie County Treasurer. Dr. Wise, right, was an anesthesiologist and a "vote-getter" during the trustee election.

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Posted at 2:57 p.m., Jan. 20, 2015

Two founding trustees
die within days of each other

Late trustee also WWII veteran

Two founding trustees of Laramie County Community College died in late December 2014 within days of each other.

John F. Noyes, 95, died Dec. 17 in Laramie, and Dr. C. Rogers Wise, 84, died Dec. 28 in Cheyenne.

Noyes, who was born Oct. 17, 1919, in Burns, to Henry L. and Lorena (Green) Noyes, graduated from Burns High School in 1938. He worked as an assistant manager of J.C. Penney’s until his enlistment in the U.S. Army in 1942. During his service in World War II, he served as a tailgunner in the China-Burma-India Theatre in the 490th Bombardment Squadron, also known as the Burma Bridge Busters, and he earned the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After his discharge, he served as Laramie County deputy clerk and was later elected to two terms as Laramie County Treasurer. In 1962, he worked as vice president of Capital Savings & Loan and retired from United Savings & Loan in 1982. He was a member of the Heels, the Laramie County Library Board of Directors and the Kiwanis Club.

He is survived by two sons, Jon L. Noyes, of Laramie, and David Noyes, of Iowa City, Iowa; a daughter, Karen Weathersby of St. Cloud, Florida; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Mae (Snell) Noyes.

A graveside service with military honors was conducted Dec. 20 at Lakeview Cemetery.

Unlikely candidate beats two former mayors in election

Dr. Wise, who was born April 8, 1930, in Fort Worth, Texas, earned his bachelor’s degree from Fisk University and his medical degree and doctorate from the University de Lausanne in Switzerland. In addition to being in private practice, he worked for DePaul and Memorial hospitals in Cheyenne.

On May 22, 1968, the day after Laramie County voters approved the creation of a community college in Cheyenne, the Wyoming State Tribune wrote: “A 38-year-old Negro physician, Dr. C. Rogers Wise, an anesthesiologist, proved the surprise candidate of the trustees race, leading a field of 46 candidates with a vote total of 2,796 or 33 more than the 2,763 netted by former Mayor Val Christensen. A resident of Cheyenne for several years, Wise proved a stronger vote-getter than better known political figures including former Mayor Herbert Kingham who did not place in the top seven. He was even ahead of John F. Noyes, who was third with 2,755, a former county treasurer and for years a consistently heavy winner in county elections.”

Rosalind Schliske, LCCC mass media instructor, who served as public relations director beginning in the mid-1970s, recalled she and Wise had a special bond because they were both born in Fort Worth.

“Dr. Wise always jokingly complained at the LCCC trustees’ meeting that the board was just a rubber stamp for the administration,” she said. “So when he retired from the board, I bought him two rubber stamps labeled ‘yes’ and a ‘no.’ But when he turned them over, they both said ‘yes.’ He always told me that was his favorite memento from his time at LCCC.”

Private family services were held; no obituary information was made available.

Wyoming Tribune Eagle Obituary: John F. Noyes