Fred and Ethel Noyes of Smithville, New Jersey

The Artist and the Entrepreneur

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Judy Courter and her family moved to Port Republic, New Jersey, in 1972, near the home of Fred and Ethel Noyes. Intrigued by the rich past of this former shipbuilding settlement, Judy was one of the founding members of the town's historical society. She and her husband, Joe, and their three young children often visited nearby Smithville.

Years later, Judy was struck by the fact that nothing was written about the Noyeses, an amazing couple who made a lasting contribution to South Jersey's history, economy and culture. When she began to research, interview and give presentations, she discovered everyone had a story about Fred and Ethel.

Judy graduated from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts with a degree in American history. She is on the board of the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, a lifetime member of the Atlantic County Historical Society and a member of the Absecon Historical Society.

Judy and Joe now live in Absecon and enjoy their large collection of Fred Noyes paintings.