82 YEAR OLD FORMER PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE THERESA A. NOLAN TO MARRY TOM DUGAN AT ST. ANNE’S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN BETHANY BEACH, DELAWARE ON MONDAY, JULY 1ST
Beautiful Bride-to-Be is Mother of 11, Grandmother to 29 and Great Grandmother to 9
The Nolan family’s Annual Fourth of July Family Reunion Celebration will be even more monumental this year when eighty-two year old Retired Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Theresa A. Nolan walks down the aisle of St. Anne’s Catholic Church (691 Garfield Pkwy) in Bethany Beach, Delaware to wed 76 year old Tom Dugan on Monday, July 1st. Sharing in the celebration will be Nolan’s 11 children, 29 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. The ceremony will begin at St. Anne’s Church at 11:00 a.m. and will be followed by a lavish reception at Cripple Creek Country Club (29494 Cripple Creek Dr., Dagsboro, DE). Nolan and Duggan, a retired financial planner, have known each other for years. They met up two years ago on St. Patrick’s Day in Ocean City, Maryland and started dating.
Judge Nolan spent 15 years on the bench in Prince George’s County. Nolan’s path to the bench was slightly non-traditional than most. She began college at 37 years old when her eleventh child was two years old. The opportunity arose when she was employed by a law firm as a stenographer after being a stay-home mother for ten years. The law firm immediately saw her potential and sent her to the University of Baltimore from where she graduated in 1972. She then earned her Juris Doctorate from University of Baltimore Law School in 1975 and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1976. She practiced law for just four years before being appointed Master for Domestic Relations Causes, a quasi-judicial appointment. From there, she was appointed to the District Court and then the Circuit Court, as mentioned above.
A Washington, DC native, Nolan has held a number of illustrious posts throughout her career. In addition to her judgeships, she was elected as the first woman President of Prince George's County Bar Association (1984-85); was a member of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Board of Governors (1985-87 & 1989-91) and Judicial Administration Section Council (1995-present); and was a member of the Women's Bar Association of Maryland. She was an Instructor with Prince George's Community College - paralegal program (1980-87) and University of Maryland (1982-1990). She received the Rita C. Davidson Award from the Women's Bar Association of Maryland (1993) and was named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by the Daily Record in 1998. She continues to be active in the community today.
addition, Nolan is an avid supporter of Walking With Anthony, a
non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the impact of Spinal
Cord Injury (SCI), raising funds to provide financial assistance for SCI
victims, expand rehabilitation centers and supporting research relating to SCI
rehabilitation. Walking With Anthony was inspired by Nolan’s grandson,
Anthony Purcell who was paralyzed after a diving accident in Miami Beach.
Determined to beat the odds, Anthony quickly began intense rehabilitation which
helped him get stronger, healthier, more independent, and come closer to his
goal of being able to walk again. As a result of his experience, Anthony
and his mother, Micki Purcell (Nolan’s daughter), created Walking With Anthony,
a foundation to help give others with SCI the same chance at recovery.
The organization is teaming up with the Washington Redskins Alumni to host the
Walking With Anthony & Washington Redskins Alumni Charity Celebrity Golf
Tournament & Dinner this fall at the prestigious Country Club of
Fairfax, in Fairfax, Virginia on Monday, October 21, 2013. The inaugural
fundraising event will benefit those affected by spinal cord injuries.
For more information, please visit www.walkingwithanthony.org.