In Memoriam — Armond M. Noble

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Armond M. Noble, the publisher of International Travel News, died of cancer at the age of 77 on February 1.

Armond talking to the world on Amateur Radio's Field Day 2010.

Armond was born in New York on December 21, 1934, and moved to California with his mother, Charmion Besoyan Noble, at the age of five. They subsequently lived in Sacramento, Livingston, San Francisco, Washington DC and Los Angeles.

Fascinated with radio at an early age, he obtained an Amateur Radio license and was active in that service throughout his life. He held the call sign of N6WR at the time of his death.

Armond served in the US Army in the Signal Corps before beginning a career in radio and TV journalism, working at stations in Casper, Wyoming; Billings, Montana; Boise, Idaho, and Bakersfield, California. Concerned that an accurate story of our involvement in Vietnam wasn't being portrayed, he spent time there in 1966-67 working as a freelance photojournalist.

Upon his return to the States, he moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and WOOD TV, where he wrote, filmed, edited and narrated documentaries. After a short time as news director at a station in Fargo, North Dakota, he had the opportunity to return to Bakersfield and then moved to Sacramento to work in the TIME-LIFE bureau at the Capitol. He also worked at Channel 13 in Sacramento as a news film photographer and for KCRA radio in the news department.

He published Worldradio, a monthly Amateur Radio magazine, from 1971 to 2009. In 1976 he started the magazine International Travel News and in 1984, Military, both of which continue to be published.

A well-read man of many interests, Armond had an inquisitive mind and a thoughtful, generous spirit. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Helen; his son, Aaron Noble, of Sacramento, and two granddaughters. No services will be held. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or the Fisher House Foundation.