Noble was born in 1896 in Brushnell, Florida. For the first four years of his varied career he progressed from
rodman to resident engineer in agencies such as the United States
Government, the Alabama Highway Department, and was on assignment in
Florida, North Carolina, and Alabama. From 1921 to 1923 after a stint in World War I with the US Navy
he was with the Kentucky State Highway Department on heavy mountain
highway construction. From
1923 to 1925 he was with the New Jersey State Highway Department doing
survey and planning in urban areas including some early expressway
layout and design. From
1925 to 1938 he was an engineer with the Port of New York Authority on
major bridges such as the George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, the
Outerbridge Crossing, and the Bayonne Bridge as well as the Lincoln
1938 he joined the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and handled special
design and construction problems on the original 160 mile Turnpike.
In 1941 he went with the Corps of Engineers to work on the
Pentagon Building design and construction and the surrounding freeway
1942 to 1946 for three and one half years he was in the Civil Engineer
Corps of the Navy (Sea Bees) and commanded a Naval Construction
Battalion and the 6th Naval Construction Regiment (7 Battalions) in
Alaska and the Aleutians. He
also did engineering reconnaissance behind Japanese lines in China and
was a Deputy Director of the Advance Base Department of the Bureau of
Yards and Docks.
the war from 1946 to 1949 he was State Highway Engineer with the New
Jersey State Highway Department and from 1949 to 1957 was Chief Engineer
with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority which from start to finish cost
$443 million for the design and construction.
From 1957 to 1959 he was Director of the Ohio Department of
Highways. During his two year tenure $671.7 million of construction
contracts were awarded.
Noble has served many times as a consulting engineer for special
assignments both at home and abroad and had won many honors.
Since 1937 many of his papers have been professional recognized;
he has been active in the American Road Builders Association, the
American Association of Highway Officials, the American Society of Civil
Engineers, and the Eno Foundation, and Highway Research Board.