By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer
EDGEWOOD, KY - James A. Nolan knew he wanted to be a lawyer the first time he stepped into a courtroom - at the age of 10 or 11 years old.
That first time he accompanied his father, Joe, who was a U.S. postal inspector. The experience left a lasting impression.
Mr. Nolan worked as an attorney for 45 years. He was also active in his church.
"Education and the pursuit of knowledge was very important to him," said his daughter, Sharon Nolan Dickman of Lakeside Park. "The legacy that I believe was left by my father is one of hard work, perseverance, honesty, and most of all, peace. Dad wanted most to be remembered that in his life, he stood for the peaceful resolution of issues that arise among people of different races and differing beliefs.
"And he always gave of himself."
Mr. Nolan died of colon and liver cancer on Dec. 23 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center Hospice, Covington. The Edgewood resident was 75.
Born in 1928 in Fort Mitchell, Ky, he graduated from Covington Latin School in 1944. He attended St. Gregory Seminary in Mount Adams from 1944 through 1946.
At the age of 19, he earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1947 from Villa Madonna College, Covington, which is now Thomas More College.
After college, he taught at St. Margaret Mary Elementary School in North College Hill. In 1948, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean War until 1951.
After his return from the war, Mr. Nolan went to law school and graduated in 1955 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
For the next few years he worked as an FBI agent, assigned to San Francisco and Detroit. In 1958, Mr. Nolan returned to Northern Kentucky and joined the law firm of Ware and Ware of Covington. Seven months later, he became a partner in the firm of Ware, Bryson and Nolan. He stayed with the firm for 22 years before going into private practice.
He married Joy Eckerle of Latonia, in 1960.
He taught political science and law classes at Northern Kentucky College (now Northern Kentucky University) in Park Hills and at Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, in the late 1980s and 1990s.
He was active in the Serra Club and served on the school board and parish council of St. Pius X Church in Edgewood.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joe.
In addition to his wife and his daughter, Mr. Nolan is survived by four sons, Brian D. of Highland Heights, Daniel J. of Crestview Hills, Edward M. "Ted" of Erlanger, and James P. of Eastgate; three sisters, Patricia Gottlieb of Mount Washington, Pauline Kelly of Muskegon, Mich., and Peggy Flannery of Covedale, one brother, John J. of Madeira, and five grandsons.
Services have been held.
Memorials: The Brighton Center, 741 Central Ave., Newport, KY 41071 or St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Hospice Program, 401 East 20th St., Covington, KY 41014.
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