Joseph Richard Nolan[1] (June 14, 1925 – April 23, 2013)[2] was an American jurist.

Joseph R. Nolan
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
In office
Appointed byEdward J. King
Preceded byFrancis Quirico
Succeeded byCharles Fried
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court
In office
Appointed byEdward J. King
Preceded byEdmund V. Keville
Succeeded byKent B. Smith
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court
In office
Appointed byEdward J. King
Special Justice for the Brighton District of the Boston Municipal Court
In office
Appointed byFrancis W. Sargent
Personal details
Joseph Richard Nolan

(1925-06-14)June 14, 1925
Mattapan, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedApril 23, 2013(2013-04-23) (aged 87)
Brighton, Massachusetts, U.S.
SpouseMargaret Kelly (m. 1947-2013)
EducationBoston College (BS, LLB)
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
RankPharmacist's Mate Third Class
Battles/warsWorld War II

Early life and education edit

He was born in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.[3][4][5] He was the younger of two sons whose father was a school custodian and whose mother cleaned houses.[3] He graduated from Boston College High School in 1942.[3][5][4] He would later graduate from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1950 and from Boston College Law School with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1954.[3][5][4]

Military service edit

He served in the United States Navy during World War II reaching the rank of Pharmacist's Mate Third Class.[3][5][4] He served in the Pacific Theater.[3][5][4]

Legal & academic career edit

He started his legal career in private practice and later became an assistant district attorney for Suffolk County.[3][5][4] He served as the general counsel for the Massachusetts Lottery Commission.[3][5][4] From 1965 to 2011 he was a professor of law at Suffolk University Law School.[3][5][4]

Judicial career edit

From 1973 to 1978 he was a special justice for the Brighton District of the Boston Municipal Court.[6][7][3][5][4] From 1978 to 1980 he was a judge on the Massachusetts Superior Court.[7][3][5][4] From 1980 to 1981 he was an associate justice on the Massachusetts Appeals Court.[3][5][4] From 1981 to 1995 he was an associate justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.[8][9][3][5][4] He retired from judicial service in 1995.[3][5][4]

Later life edit

He served as President of the Catholic Lawyers Guild from 1995 until his death in 2013.[3][5][4]

Personal life edit

He married Margaret M. “Peggy” Kelly in 1947.[3][5][4] They had seven children.[3][5][4] She died in 2014.[2]

Death edit

He died on April 23, 2013, in St. Elizabeth‟s Medical Center in Brighton from complications of a broken hip he suffered a couple days prior.[3][5][4]

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