|Birth: ||Jan. 19, 1923|
|Death: ||Jul. 27, 2008|
August 5, 2008 - Indianapolis Star
Alan T. Nolan 85, died on Sunday, July 27. He was born in Evansville, IN to Val and Jeannette Covert Nolan. When his father was appointed U.S. District Attorney in 1933, the family moved to Indianapolis. He graduated from Shortridge High School and from Indiana University, a Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation from Harvard Law School, he clerked for Sherman Minton at the United States Court of Appeals. In 1948 he returned to Indianapolis to practice law for 45 years with the firm that is now Ice Miller where he served as chairman of the management committee. For seven years, he was Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Indiana Supreme Court. Mr. Nolan was also an author. In 1961, Macmillan published The Iron Brigade, a military history, which has been named by Civil War Times Illustrated as one of the "100 best books ever written on the Civil War." It remains in print after 47 years. He also wrote Lee Considered: General Robert E. Lee and Civil War History, UNC Press, 1991; Rally Round the Flag Boys; Rally Once Again; Giants in their Tall Black Hats: Essays on the Iron Brigade, with Sharon Vipond, and As Sounding Brass, a contemporary novel. He was a regular contributor to numerous Civil War publications, the Indiana Magazine of History, Traces and other periodicals. His last article appeared in Traces in 2008. He lectured widely on Civil War topics at various colleges, universities, round tables and the Smithsonian Institution. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Indiana University in 1993. In 1994, he was given the Nivens-Freeman award by the Chicago Civil War Roundtable. He was a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians. His deep interest in history led to an active role at the Indiana Historical Society where he served on the board and was Chairman for twelve years during the planning and construction of the present facility. He was named a Living Legend in 2003. Mr. Nolan had wide ranging community interests. He was a founder of the ICLU, the Civil War Round Table and a member of the Catholic Interracial Council. He held a position on the board of the NAACP in 1948 and received the National Council of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Award in 1968. He was instrumental in the successful effort to save the Meridian Street corridor from commercial encroachment in the mid-1960s. He served on the board of the Indianapolis Art League, and at the time of his death was on the board of the Ensemble Music Society. Two governors named him a Sagamore of the Wabash. He was a member of The Indianapolis Literary Club. Mr. Nolan's first wife, Elizabeth C. Titsworth, died in 1967. In 1970, he married Jane Ransel DeVoe, who survives, and they adopted each others' children: Patrick A. Nolan, Mary F. Nolan, Indianapolis, Thomas C. Nolan, Los Angeles, Elizabeth Nolan-Greven, Columbus, IN, John V. Nolan, Seattle, John C. DeVoe, Portland, OR, Ellen R. DeVoe, Boston and Thomas R. DeVoe, Indianapolis. He is also survived by twenty grandchildren and his sister, Kathleen Lobley. His brother, Val Nolan, Jr. died in March 2008. A calling will be held at the Indiana Historical Society on Sunday, August 10 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. An hour of calling will precede a memorial service at St. Thomas Aquinas on Monday, August 11 at 11:00 a.m. You are invited to visit www.leppertmortuary.com where you may sign the online guestbook, leave a personal message to Mr. Nolan's family or, in lieu of flowers, make a memorial contribution to the Indiana Historical Society, the Ensemble Music Society, P.O. Box 40188, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Civil War Preservation Trust, P.O. Box 17686, Baltimore, MD 21297 or a favorite charity. Arrangements were handled by the Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Shmilybrandon
Record added: Jun 23, 2010
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