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2012-08-30 / Community News

Arthur Noack Given Lifetime Achievement Award

Longtime teacher Arthur Noack was presented the Giddings Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday, Aug. 14 for his service to Giddings ISD and the surrounding communities.

Arthur was born at home in Winchester and began his education at St. Paul Lutheran School in Serbin. After graduating from La Grange High School, he graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education - Math and German. He began his career of mentoring youth by becoming a house monitor.

His career in teaching began at Brackenridge High School in San Antonio. In 1975, he moved back to Giddings and began teaching at Giddings High School. His time teaching at the two schools impacted thousands of young people.

“There is no way to figure how many lives Arthur Noack has touched in his teaching career,” said GISD Assistant Superintendent Andy Masek. “He retired in May after 45 years in the business — 42 of those have been in Giddings ISD.”

“Arthur was never late or never dreamed about missing a duty station. He would always ask if there was any way he could help out. He was always willing to go out of his way to help a student before or after school with problems they could not quite figure out,” said Masek. “His personal and Christian bank account of giving back to help others is overflowing.”

After announcing his retirement in 2000, Arthur missed teaching, so he returned to the profession he loved. He finally retired “for good” last May, taking time to enjoy working at his farm and other things.

A lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin, Arthur has served several terms as elder of the church, where he has also been the Co-Finance Chairman, Church Secretary and on the Board of Education.

A fireman for 10 years with the South Lee County Volunteer Fire Department, he continues as a charter member of the department.

Arthur is married to Dianna (Oltmann) Noack. They have three children, James Noack, Sandi and Dwain Coufal, Johnathan and Amy Noack; and 3 grandchildren, Tristan Noack, Luke Coufal and Andrew Coufal.

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