LTG Alcide "Cid" M LaNoue (RET) 38th Surgeon General, U.S. Army

November 2, 1934February 20, 2021

LIEUTENANT GENERAL(LTG) ALCIDE”CID” MOODIE LANOUE (RET) 38th Surgeon General, U.S. Army. NOV 2, 1934-FEB 20, 2021 LTG “Cid” LaNoue was a modern pioneer and visionary giant in the field of military medicine, serving his country with distinction over 38 yrs. He was born in Tonawanda, NY, graduated Cum Laud, Harvard University in chemistry in 1956, and earned his MD from Yale University School of Medicine in 1960. General LaNoue’s additional training included an orthopedic residency at Brooke General Hospital , Ft. Sam Houston, TX, and general surgery training at U.S. Army Hospital, Ft. Campbell, KY. He was also a graduate of the U.S. Army Medical Field Service School and US Army Command and General Staff College. Dr. LaNoue completed assignments with the 44th Medical Brigade in Viet Nam, served as the Assistant Chief, Orthopedic and Amputee Service, Valley Forge General Hospital and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Other command, clinical and administrative assignments included Command of the Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, GA, Commandant of the US Army Academy of Health Sciences, the largest medical school in the free world, Deputy Surgeon General, and Commanding General of the US Army Health Services Command, culminating his career as the senior medical officer of the US Army.

General LaNoue was instrumental in re-organizing and streamlining Army Medical functions, units and commands, applying “Best Business” practices, optimizing the environment for leadership development, economies and better accountability, aligning with proven command and control principles throughout the Army. He promoted initiatives incorporating current and future technologies. LTG LaNoue was instrumental in modernizing evacuation platforms to get rapid life-saving treatment to battlefield casualties, and utilizing tele-medicine to communicate patient needs along their recovery journey. His cumulative and noteworthy achievements, insured that soldiers, families, and all other service members and eligible civilians, received the best health care and medicine available in the entire world. LTG LaNoue was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He was a diplomat of the American Board of American Surgeons, member of the Association of the US Army, American Medical Association. Associations of Military and Orthopedic Surgeons, and the American College of Physician Executives. His awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal (w/ Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit (w/ Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal(w/ 3 Oak Leaf Clusters).

In retirement, Cid LaNoue continued his insatiable desire for knowledge, application of the latest technologies, and the integration of science and his faith, promoting a Biblical world view. He and his late wife Beth (Elizabeth Gortner LaNoue, Colonel, US Army Nurse Corps), invested their lives in mentoring families and individuals at South Tampa Fellowship, leading, teaching, providing safe haven for, and organizing Bible studies. They were generous in investing in the Kingdom of God, and especially global missions and the next generation through First Priority Youth Ministries. They loved to travel to Pennsylvania in their Recreational Vehicle, and hosted many friends and church members in their home, and included them as guests in the many dramatic offerings at the Straz Center. Cid also lead many trips to the the Holy Land, and also traced the travels of the Apostle Paul. His extensive research of Biblical geography and archeology, provided a vivid backdrop to the places where Jesus walked, talked, healed, died and arose.

Cid and Beth were considered the Patriarch and Matriarch of South Tampa Fellowship, and were selected as the first Military Veteran Award Recipients. He is survived by his beloved children Claire LaNoue, Alcide LaNoue, George Edwin LaNoue, Michele Spicer; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Memorial Service , South Tampa Fellowship, Ballast Point Campus, 5101 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, FL. 10 AM March , 5, 2021.

In Lieu of flowers, friends are invited to support the First Priority of Tampa Bay Ministry, whose mission is to connect churches to campuses and for students to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, and their amazing God stories with each other. First Priority of Tampa Bay, 97 Biscayne Ave. Tampa, FL 33606, 813-390-5964


5 March

Memorial Service

10:00 am

S. Tampa Fellowship Ballast Point Campus

5101 Bayshore Blvd
Tampa, FL 33611


LTG Alcide "Cid" M LaNoue (RET) 38th Surgeon General, U.S. Army

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Tim Jackman

March 2, 2021

It was my honor and privilege to have worked for General LaNoue several times and was able to maintain my friendship with he and Beth long after we had both retired. It was with profound sadness that I learned of his passing. General LaNoue served his country, his family and his church with distinction. He has earned a restful peace in eternity.

Mary Messerschmidt, COL, Ret

March 2, 2021

I knew Gen Lanoue best when I served as the Army Nurse Corps member of his AMEDD Reorganization Team, Task Force Aesculapius. It was an exciting year. He loved a challenge, and he loved change for the good of the Army. May he rest in eternal peace.

Bruce Snyder

March 1, 2021

Cid was a great friend and brother in Christ. We enjoyed many times of fellowship ,Golf, or just getting together. Although Cid was a man of few words when he spoke we would listen . Sometimes he came across with a tough exterior but underneath he had an amazing heart of compassion for those in need. It was a joy and a blessing to know Cid . He will be missed and our prayers are with his family and loved ones.

Clara Adams-Ender

February 28, 2021

I first met Gen Cid in Germany 🇩🇪 when I was Chief Nurse, Frankfurt Army Regional Medical Center and he was OIC of a large clinic. I always viewed him as a person with a rough exterior and a gentle heart ♥️. This proved quite true when I worked with him a few years later when he was Deputy TSG and I was Chief of the Army Nurse Corps. We had many stimulating discussions about health care manage- ment and personnel management issues. He was an administrator par excellence and enjoyed a spirited exchange about the issues. I shall miss him. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Gen Clara

Douglas Braendel

February 28, 2021

As General LaNou's resource manager at Health Services Command General LaNou was totally supportive of my ideas concerning helping hospital commander's apply best business practices in leading their medical department activities. I'll never forget his support of business plans designed to bring users of CHAMPUS back to our direct care system. He chaired our bankruptcy hearings when subordinate commanders reported that they had run short of funds before the end of the fiscal year.

Joel Batalsky

February 27, 2021

I served with him at Valley Forge General Hospital in the early seventies. He was just a LTC then.

For The Country!

Elder Granger

February 27, 2021

He was an innovator at a time when innovation was just a word to know in your vocabulary. I met him as a LTC at MG Thomas Temple quarters at Fort Myers when I was invited to dinner by the Temples. His first of several questions to me was? What non medical book are you reading? Sir, I'm reading "Reinventing Government" great and I'm reading the same book. The dinner was and still today a memorable one.

LTG(ret) patty Horoho

February 27, 2021

I was a young major when he served as our surgeon General. He was way ahead of the diversity and inclusion conversations we are having today. As our surgeon general he opened up commands to the most qualified from all Corps. This opened up opportunities to women and men of all Corps to compete and be leader developed. His vision for health and leader development touched lives in too numerous ways to mention.
My prayers for Gods love and compassion to lift each of you up and provide comfort

LTG (ret) Patty Horoho
43rd Army Surgeon General

Betsy Leslie

February 22, 2021

Cid was a remarkably humble and generous man. His special care of my father in his time of need was a tremendous blessing to our family. He (and Beth) blessed us and our church family in countless ways; his character and faithfulness were a testimony to the God he loved and served. We will sorely miss him, but are thankful he is now experiencing amazingly wonderful life in Christ beyond the veil.

Jim Wilson

February 21, 2021

A faithful friend, encourager, and role model. Cid had a compassionate heart for helping others. He demonstrated that through his daily life and his generosity to many Christian causes.
I will miss my daily walking partner but he walks with Jesus now.