Lewis Earle Nolan, M.D.

Wives were Viola R. Nelson, Louise Abigail Stephenson, Garnett Elizabeth Ford, Dorothy Rae Smith and Mary Louise (Mouw) Knapp - (Updated Feb. 24, 2001)

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Lewis Earle Nolan: Prodigious Student

Lewis Earle Nolan was born March 27, 1901, in Blanchard, N.D. His parents were Lewis Elmer "L.E." Nolan and Bertha Orpha Miller Nolan, whose lives and other children are covered on another page. The family moved to Cass Lake, Minn., in 1913, where L.E. worked as a depot agent for the Soo Line.

Young Lewis was a gifted, hard-working student who became valedictorian of the Cass Lake High School Class of 1918. His academic prowess, and his mother's political connections, earned him an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. But after spending six months at an academy prep school in Annapolis, Md., his schoolwork-strained eyes failed the physical examination and he returned home. He entered the University of Minnesota in 1920, in the College of Science, Literature and the Arts, where he became a member of the university swim team. He entered its medical school in 1922, where he obtained several scholarships and degrees, including his M.D. in 1927 and his speciality degree of master of science in pathology in 1934.

Throughout his life, he was an avid student of the world around him, developing expertise in many subjects, traveling extensively and learning to speak several languages. While an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota he worked as an instructor in animal biology after graduation as an instructor in pathology. He was a professor of science at Fairmont, W. Va. State College (1948-49), director of residents at Sacramento County Hospital (1949-50); lecturer at Sacramento Junior College (1949-50); and professor of clinical pathology and microbiology at Sacramento State College (1950-1956).

He was the author of 29 scholarly articles in such professional publications as The American Journal of Surgery, The American Journal of Clinical Pathology, California Medical Journal and The Journal of the American Medical Association. He was a fellow in the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the American College of Physicians and a diplomate in the Pan American Medical Association.

He served as a medical officer at Fort Sill, Okla., in the U.S. Army during World War II and maintained his commission as a reserve officer in the Army Air Corps and later Air Force, going to meetings and summer camps until he retired as a full colonel in 1961 after 30 years' service. He died Dec. 8, 1970, at the age of 69 following a heart attack at his fifth wife's home in Asheville, N.C. Death came in the nearby U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital at Oteen, N.C., where he had served as head of pathology several years previously. He was buried with military honors in Arlington National Military Cemetery across the Potomac from Washington, D.C. Lewis was married five times, fathered nine children and practiced medicine in many towns across the U.S. during his distinguished career.

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Lewis Earle Nolan, M.D. & Viola R. Nelson

While in medical school, Lewis met and married Viola R. Nelson, who was from a small town near Minneapolis and was two years his junior. They married Dec. 20, 1922 at St. Paul and divorced March 24, 1927, in Duluth. There were no children.

Lewis Earle Nolan, M.D. & Louise Abigail Stephenson

While working at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Lewis met Louise Abigail Stephenson, who was working as a nurse at the hospital. She was born Feb. 13, 1903, in Knife River, Minn., to David Stephenson (he was an engineer and accomplished inventor whose family is the subject of a book, "The Stephensons, A Family of Engineers") and Abigail Ann McLaurin Stephenson (who was married three times). Louise Abigail grew up in Duluth and married Lewis Aug. 13, 1927, in Bayfield, Wisc.

Lewis and Louise later lived in Minneapolis, where he worked as a pathologist for the Veterans Administration Hospital from 1930 to 1939, when he moved to Chicago, where he became chief of the department of pathology at the Edward Hines Memorial Hospital in the suburban town of Oak Park. Lewis and Louise had four children, the last three born in Minneapolis. Fed up with cold weather, Louise and the children later moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where she lived until her death Dec. 22, 1988. Their children were:

* John Lewis Nolan, born Sept. 22, 1928, in Mankato, Minn., and died May 2, 1931, following severe tonsilitis and streptococcus infection.

* Mary Louise Nolan, born Oct. 31, 1931. She married Robert Rolland Ballard Aug. 7, 1951, in Charleston, S.C. He was born March 17, 1929, in Oak Park, Ill., to Percy Clyde Rolland Ballard and Catherine Ellen Ryan Ballard. Robert was a flight engineer for the U.S. Navy until his retirement; he and Mary live in St. Petersburg, where Mary is a devoted volunteer for the Family History Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and whose research contributed much to the publication of "Nolan-Miller Family History." They have four children:

* Robert Michael Ballard, born Aug. 12, 1952, in Jacksonville, Fla. He is an airline pilot and married Barbara Jean Hollis Dec. 19, 1974, in Kensington, Md. They live in Boulder, Colo., and have two children, Allison Rae Ballard (born Nov. 27, 1976, in Provo, Utah) and Jordan Leigh Ballard (born Dec. 16, 1985, in Tacoma, Wash.).
* Timothy Clyde Ballard, born Jan. 3, 1954, in Jacksonville. He is general manager of a home furnishings store and lives in Saugus, Calif. He married (they were later divorced) Janis Darlene Carter June 8, 1977, in Salt Lake City and they had two children, Daniel Timothy Ballard (born Jan. 30, 1980 in Provo and died the next day) and Christopher Lee Ballard, born Feb. 14, 1981, in Provo.
* Stephenson Ryan Ballard, born Dec. 30, 1955. He taught school and later became a regional manager for an agricultural insurance firm and lives in Lafayette, Colo. He married Elizabeth Huish April 27, 1978, in Mesa, Ariz., and they have two children, Ryan Scott Ballard, born Feb. 24, 1979, in Douglas, Ariz., and Cari Brooke Ballard, born July 1, 1981, in Ajo, Ariz.
* Kathryn Louise Ballard, born June 6, 1961. Her first husband was James Patrick O'Malley, whom she married Sept. 15, 1981, in Draper, Utah. They had three children, James Ryan O'Malley, born May 28, 1982, in St. Petersburg, and died of cancer Dec. 20, 1985, in La Crescenta, Calif.; Sean Patrick O'Malley, born June 25, 1985, in Sandy, Utah; and Michael James O'Malley, born Feb. 23, 1988, in St. Petersburg. Her second husband is Jeffrey Dale Meade, whom she married Sept. 14, 1990, in Atlanta. They live in St. Petersburg and in addition to the children by her previous marriage, have two more children, Dale Robert Meade, born Feb. 12, 1993, in Nashville, and Summer Star Meade, born Aug. 29, 1997, at Largo, Fla.

* The third child of Lewis and Louise was James David Nolan, born Oct. 29, 1932, in Minneapolis. He retired in 1993 after 38 years with Florida Power Corporation in St. Petersburg. His first wife was Donna Mae Livingston, whom he married Nov. 24, 1956, in Kingsland, Ga., and later divorced (her second husband was Dr. Donald Foster). Jim and Donna had two children, both born in St. Petersburg:

* Linda Ann Nolan, born Oct. 10, 1957 in St. Petersburg. She is a registed nurse who married Thomas Tucker Dec. 18, 1982, in St. Petersburg. They later divorced. They had two children in St. Petersburg, McKendree Ryan Tucker, born Sept. 17, 1984, and Robert Thomas Tucker, born Dec. 28, 1987.
* Deborah Marie Nolan, born Dec. 16, 1960, in St. Petersburg. She is a Quality Assurance Software Engineer and her husband, William Gottfried, is a practicing attorney in Pinellas County, Fla. They were married in Clearwater, Fla., June 2, 1991, and live in Belleair Beach, Fla.

The second wife of James David Nolan is Gayleen "Gayle" Louise Grim, whom he married July 17, 1981, in St. Petersburg, where they live.

* The fourth child of Lewis and Louise was Abigail Ann Nolan, born Nov. 16, 1938, in Minneapolis and died July 20, 2000, at the age of 61, in Las Vegas, where she lived for many years and worked as a registered nurse. Her ashes were scattered on Lake Mead's Echo Bay, where she spent many happy hours boating. She had married George Elliot Hitchins Dec. 23, 1957, in Kingsland, Ga., and they divorced in 1998. George had been a basketball star at the University of Florida and worked in casino management. His name is carried by their son, George Elliot Hitchins, Jr., who was born June 18, 1959, in St. Petersburg. George Jr., an airline pilot, married Penny Harvey Dec. 28, 1982, in Reno, and they later divorced. They had one child. Kevin Michael Hitchins, born Feb. 6, 1987, at England Air Force Base at Alexandria, La. Abigail and George also had a daughter, Laurie Ann, a social worker in St. Petersburg.

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Lewis Earle Nolan, M.D. & Garnett Elizabeth Ford

The life and children of Lewis Earle Nolan, M.D. and Garnett Elizabeth Ford are covered in other pages. After 14 years of marriage, she and Lewis divorced Feb. 26, 1954, and she died Aug. 6, 1985, in her home in Sacramento, Calif., where she raised their three sons:

* Lewis Earle Nolan Jr., born May 15, 1943 in Wichita Falls, Tex., the author of "Nolan-Miller Family History."

* Patrick Thomas Nolan, born Oct. 12, 1947, in Columbia, S.C. He is an inspector for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and McGeorge College of Law in Sacramento.

* William Ray Nolan, born December 23, 1949, in Sacramento. He is an engineer with California's Department of Water Resources. He married Anna Maria Myles April 2, 1977, who died Aug. 20, 1997. They had a daughter, Katherine Marie Nolan, born Dec,. 1, 1987, in Sacramento. He is a liberal arts graduate of the California State University at Sacramento and a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of California at Davis.

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Lewis Earle Nolan, M.D. & Dorothy Rae Smith

Following his divorce from Garnett, Lewis married Dorothy Rae Smith, a lab technician who had worked with him at Sacramento County Hospital. They moved to Hancock, Mich., where he adopted her daughter by a previous marriage, Linda Margaret Rae (born Jan. 31, 1951 in Sacramento), and they had two more children, Mark Lawrence Reynolds Nolan, born Oct. 10, 1956, in Calumet, Mich., and Kathleen Patrice Nolan, born Feb. 6, 1958, also in Calumet.

Linda Margaret Rae Nolan Hirsch is a teacher in Crescent City, Calif., who has a master's degree. Her husband of 25 years is Brad Hirsch and they have three children, Paul, born in 1980, Luke, born in 1982, and Julianna, born in 1985.

Mark Lawrence Reynolds Nolan graduated from the University of California at Davis with a degree in teaching and is employed by the San Mateo County Office of Education, where in 1998 he served as Director of Outdoor Education. In addition, he is a member of the Banana Slug String Bang, a group of four musicians that play music geared towards children. His wife is Monica Nolan, also a teacher, and they have two children, Hannah, born April 28, 1991, and Shea, born in 1996. The family lives in La Honda, Calif.

Kathleen Patrice Nolan worked for 16 years as an administrative secretary before returning to school in 1995; she received her AA degree from Sierra College in 1997 and then transferred to California State University at Sacramento, where she majors in business administration with a concentration in finance and expects to graduate in 1999. She married Mark Palmer July 18, 1979, at the University of Redlands Chapel. He received his AA degree in Geology f rom Pasadena City College, his bachelor of science degree in geology from the University of Redlands in 1979, and his master of science degree in geology from Idaho State University in 1983. He is a Senior Engineering Geologist with the California Department of Transportation, working in the Bridge Scour Program. The family lives in the Sacramento suburb of Antelope.

Lewis was chief of the department of pathology at St. Joseph Medical Center in Hancock from 1956 until 1961 and also had a private practice of providing pathology services to small hospitals in Calumet and L'Anse in Michigan's Upper Pennisula. While in Hancock, he was elected a supervisor for the first ward of Houghton County and chairman of the Houghton County-Copper Country Health District. He served as chairman of the 1958 Cancer Crusade of the Houghton-Keweenaw County Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Lewis and Dorothy moved from Hancock to Ukiah, Calif., in 1963, where he became chief of the department of pathology at Mendocino General Hospital. He and Dorothy divorced three years later and he relocated to Asheville, N.C.; she stayed in Ukiah with her children. Dorothy was born in Sacramento about 1926 and died of multiple sclerosis in August, 1979. Her father was Herman Clay Smith, who was born in 1873. Her mother was Anna Luella Smith, who lived with her daughter and grandchildren in Ukiah until her death in January, 1979.

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Lewis Earle Nolan, M.D. & Mary Louise Mouw

While working at the VA Hospital at nearby Oteen, Lewis met Mary Louise Mouw (Knapp), who was living with her sister, Colette Mouw, in their late parents' home in a fashionable neighborhood near Grove Park Inn in Asheville. Her first husband, Howard Knapp, was a famous New York sculptor, and they had two children born in New York, Susanna Marie Knapp (born Nov. 24, 1946) and Philip Andrew Knapp (born Sept. 16, 1949).

Lewis and Mary Louise soon moved to Tomah, Wisc., where he became chief of the department of pathology at the VA Hospital there and was able to look more deeply into the early Nolan and Miller families who had put down roots in the area more than a century earlier.

Two years later, they moved again, this time to Caribou, Maine, where he was pathologist at Carey Memorial Hospital. A year later, he picked up yet again and relocated to Halstead, Kansas, for a few months to fill in for another pathologist. Not long afterward, at the age of 69, he opened a small clinic in Hot Springs, N.C., near Asheville, where he enjoyed being a country doctor for several months before he died.

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Additional Sources of Information

* "Dr. Nolan Ends Town's Search For A Doctor," feature article in Asheville Citizen-Times, June 7, 1970.
* "First Doctor For Hot Springs in 7 Years," feature article in Newport, Tenn., Plain Talk, Sept. 21, 1970.
* "New Pathologist Begins Duties At Medical Center," article in Hancock, Mich., newspaper, April 16, 1956.
The following articles were written by Lewis Earle Nolan, M.D., and appeared in the listed professional publications:
* "Carcinamatosis of Meninges Simulating Pachymeningites Hemorrhagica Interna." The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, May, 1936.
* "Congenital Polycystic Disease of the Kidneys. The Urologic and Cutaneous Review," December, 1945.
* "Diagnostic Aides." West Virginia Dental Journal, Vol. XVI.
* "Evaluation of the Rytz Test." Bul. of Va. 1939.
* "Oral Pathology." West Virginia Dental Journal, Vol. XVIII.
* "Significance of Schwannomas as a Factor in Obscure Cases of Appendicitis." The American Journal of Surgery, September, 1943.
* "Myxoma of the Appendix." The American Journal of Surgery, May, 1942.
* "Surgical Removal of Huge Retroperitoneal Epithelial Cyst." The American Journal of Surgery, Vol. LXIV.
* "Circumscribed Sclerodermas." West Virginia Medical Journal, June, 1942.
* "Hydrosadenitis Supporative Axillaric." West Virginia Medical Journal, August, 1942.
* "Multiple Myeloma First Discovered in the Mandible." Radiology, January, 1944.
* "Elliott Heart Treatment in Chronic Inflammatory Diseases of the Body Cavities and Orifices." Medical Bulletin of the Veterans Administration, January, 1937.
* "Intradermic Diagnosis of Tuberculosis in Guinea Pigs." Medical Bulletin of the Veterans Administration, July, 1936.
* "Evaluation of Laboratory Procedures in the Determination of the Basal Metabolic Rate." American Journal of Clinical Pathology, May, 1943.
* "A Comparison of the Rytz, Hahn Complement Fixation Tests for Syphilis in a Large Series of Adult Males." Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine, October, 1942.
* "Review of Odontoma." Journal of American Dental Association, March, 1942.
* "Subcutaneous Fibroid Symphilomata of Elbows and Knees." The Southern Medical Journal, December, 1941.
* "Technique of Cultural Examination of Sputum and Mycological Differential." Proceedings of Conference of V.A. and National T.B. Association, June, 1934.
* "Extensive Radium Burns of the Neck." Paper and scientific exhibit, National Convention of American Physiotherapy Association, Los Angeles, 1936.
* "Statistical Study of 1,250 Autopsies in V.A. Hospitals." The Medical Bulletin of V.A., October, 1932.
* "Fatty Substitution of the Kidney or Lipomatosis Renalic." The Urologic and Cuteneous Review, Vol. XLVI.
* "Carcinoma Occulta of Prostate Gland." Bulletin of the V.A., 1937.
* "Variations in the Size, Weight and Histolofic Structure of the Thyroid Gland." Archives of Pathology, January, 1938.
* "Schwannoma of the Stomach," California Medical Journal, 1950.
* "Basal Metabolism." Bulletin of the Sacramento Society for Medical Improvement, 1952.
* "Outlines of Pathologic Anatomy for Nurses." Published by Sacramento Junior College, 1950 and 1954.
* "Outlines of Clinical Pathology for Medical Technicians." Published by Sacramento State College, 1953.
* "Aplastic Anemia Following Corticotropin Therapy." The Journal of the American Medical Association, July, 1953.

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