In Memoriam: Richard J. Nolan, 69

Ran Chase Manhattan Bank of Delaware

Dick Nolan, former president and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank of Delaware, died on February 12, 2011, in Wilmington, Del., after emergency surgery.

He was born in Hoboken, NJ on June 19, 1941, and lived in Pittsburgh until college. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, he began his business career as an auditor for Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company.

In 1966, Dick joined Manufacturers Hanover Trust in New York and lived with his family in Glen Rock, NJ, where he coached youth sports, was active in the Independence Day Association and chaired the Bicentennial Fourth of July parade.

Continuing with Manufacturers Hanover Trust, Dick brought his family to Delaware in 1983. After subsequent mergers with Chemical Bank and then Chase Manhattan Bank, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Chase Manhattan Bank of Delaware. 

Upon retirement, Dick enthusiastically volunteered much of his time as a board member of Special Olympics Delaware, the ARC of Delaware, The Little Sisters of the Poor and the St. Francis Finance Committee. He was particularly proud of his newest calling – shipping and delivery at Waggies by Maggie & Friends – where Dick was a hero to the Waggies bakers.

He is survived by Mary Ann, his wife of 45 years; his children, Anne and John Jordan of Garnet Valley, PA, R. James Nolan and fianc‚e, Megan Gebski of Newport, RI, Patricia and Mark Gordon of Wilmington, DE, Kathleen Nolan of Boston, MA and Elizabeth Nolan at home, and four grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family will appreciate contributions to one of the following: Special Olympics Delaware, 619 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19716; Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual disABILITIES (DFRC), 640 Plaza Drive, Four Seasons Center, Newark, DE 19702; Waggies by Maggie & Friends, P.O. Box 7933, Wilmington, DE 19803; or to a cause of your choice.

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