Kenneth "Kenny" Noe Jr., former president, chief executive officer, and chairman of The New York Racing Association board, died May 19 at the age of 84.
Noe, who served as a racing secretary and steward at NYRA during the 1970s, was hired as president and general manager of the organization in October 1994. In September 1995 he was elevated to chairman of the board of trustees, and in 1996 was named chairman and chief executive officer. He resigned as board chairman and CEO in 2000.
A native of Hamilton, Ohio, Noe held a variety of positions in the racing industry at more than a dozen tracks. In addition to New York, Noe served as racing secretary at Hialeah Park, Garden State Park, Arlington Park, and Washington Park. He also spent 11 years as the president and general manager of Calder Race Course from 1979-90.
A past director of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Noe was also a director of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, and the Miami Heart Institute.
He is survived by his son, Jeff, and daughter, Holly.
Visitation and funeral service will be held Thursday, May 23, at Fred Hunter's Hollywood Memorial Garden Home in Hollywood, Fla. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., with the funeral at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent to Thoroughbred After-Care Program Inc. at Gulfstream Park.