North Central College - Naperville, IL

Ray "Curly" Noerenberg

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2006

Ray "Curly" Noerenberg '51 is known among his North Central College classmates and hundreds of friends as a man whose heart is as big as the voice he uses as an auctioneer. His generous spirit and active role at North Central earned him an Outstanding Alumni Award, which he received with gratitude and emotion at Homecoming 2006.

"I know deep in my heart that you all do as much as I or more," he said to his fellow alumni in accepting the honor. "But thanks for giving me this award."

Noerenberg fondly recalled his first impression of North Central College.

"I came to this place in 1947 for the first time. I walked up to Old Main and I thought 'Boy, that's a beautiful building.”

He currently owns Noerenberg & Miller Auctioneers and formerly was the owner-operator of Curly's Trucking, Inc. Noerenberg has been active in the Naperville community in countless ways, giving his time to the booster club at Naperville North High School, as a Pony League baseball coach and as a board member and choir member at Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville. His work as a board member of the Illinois Independent Living Center was recognized with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award for community service.

As a North Central student, Noerenberg was a commerce major and a member of the Cardinals men's swim team. An active alumnus, Noerenberg has served North Central College in many capacities. He has volunteered as a class representative for the Class of 1951, as an Alumni Board member and as 50-Year Club president. He supports a family scholarship in appreciation for the Christian teachings of his grandparents, the Rev. and Mrs. William Norenberg (originally spelled Noerenberg), who served in the United Evangelical Church.

He and his wife, Darlene, live in Naperville.