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Gus R Noble
Scot of the Year 2021

On Thursday April 6, 2021 The Scottish Coalition, USA, will present the 2021 Annual National Tartan Day Award to Gus R. Noble, President of the Chicago Scots and Caledonia Senior Living.

The presentation will be made as part of the National Tartan Day Celebration hosted by the National Capital Tartan Day Committee (Washington DC) in association with The Scottish Coalition USA, this year taking place virtually.

Gus R Noble, was born in Dundee, Scotland, and graduated from the University of Stirling in 1992. After graduation he moved to Chicago and worked for the British Consulate General for seven years before establishing the first international office of the Welsh Assembly Government in Chicago which he led for five years.

In August 2004, Gus was named president of the Chicago Scots and Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care.

His civic role includes serving on the boards of the Admiral at the Lake, the oldest elder care community in Chicago, and the Rosehill Cemetery Reserve Fund, which governs the cemetery where Chicago Scots owns more than 600 plots and many Scots are buried.

He supports Newcastle United Football Club and plays electric bass guitar in a Scottish-American honky-tonk band. He and his wife, Aisha, have two sons, Bobby and Langston.

Many Scottish-Americans know Gus for his 17-year commitment to growing the Scottish North American Community Conference, started in 2003, to enhance understanding, communication and cooperation within the Scottish North American community.

Going forward many Scots will know Gus for his leadership of Chicago Scots during its 175th anniversary year as the oldest charity in Illinois and for saving every resident at Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care during COVID-19.

"I am delighted that we will present Gus Noble with the 2021 Scottish Coalition, USA National Tartan Day Award for his outstanding contribution to the Scottish American community ," announced John Bellassai, President of COSCA, a founding member of TSCUSA.

"The nomination was unanimous and resounding. During this time of COVID Gus has been been tireless in his support of so many Scottish-American causes, whilst heading the Caledonia Senior Living Home. I work alongside Gus on various boards where his energy and dedication is boundless."

National Tartan Day Award - Gus Noble's Acceptance Remarks

Queen's Birthday Honour's List 2021


To be Ordinary Officers of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order:

Angus NOBLE, President, Chicago Scots and Caledonia Senior Living, Chicago, United States of America. For services to Scottish culture in the United States of America.

Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to public service, the arts and sciences, and charitable organizations. It was established in 1917 by King George V. Awards are conferred twice yearly (The Queenís Official Birthday and New Yearís Day) on the advice of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Gus Noble said ďThis is a singular honour. But this award isnít singularly for Gus Noble. In truth it is for all Chicago Scots. Itís for the people who made this Scottish Society. Itís for the Board and volunteers who lead and support this unique community. Itís for the pioneering donors, without whose belief we would not have had the clarity or the courage to meet the challenge of COVID-19. Itís for my family. Indeed itís for all the families who love and support those who this award is for most of allÖthe residents and staff of Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care. These are incredible people. When history recalls them, she will smile. It is on their behalf that I will proudly accept this award.Ē

Chicago Scots 175th Anniversary Celebration "Feast of the Haggis"

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