John H. Nolan, retired printer for newspapers and government, dies at 94

January 23

John H. Nolan, a stereotyper for Washington newspapers who retired in 1979 as a printer at the Government Printing Office, died Dec. 31 at the Asbury Methodist Village retirement center in Gaithersburg. He was 94.

The cause was aspiration pneumonia, said his daughter Marjorie Jordan.

Mr. Nolan worked for the Washington Daily News from 1945 until it folded in 1972 and then for The Washington Post before joining the Government Printing Office in 1974.

He spent his retirement in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., before returning to the Washington area in 1999.

John Hampton Nolan was a native Washingtonian and a 1937 graduate of the old Central High School. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II, and his decorations included the Bronze Star Medal.

His memberships included the National Rifle Association.

His first wife, Pauline Smith Nolan, died in 1983 after 42 years of marriage. His second wife, Dorothy Loomis Nolan, died in 2000 after 15 years of marriage. His third wife, Mabel Chapman Nolan, died in 2009 after nine years of marriage.

Survivors include four children from his first marriage, Bonnie Claunch and Patricia Byrd, both of Semmes, Ala., and Joan Kuhlman of Waynesboro, Pa., and Marjorie Jordan of Millington, Md.; a brother; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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