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Friday, December 2, 2016
Lord Michael Nolan has died
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 Lord Nolan died on Monday. He was 78 years old. A leading expert on ministerial ethics and standards of conduct, Lord Nolan became a household name when he chaired the Committee on Standards in Public Life from 1994-97; and later was head of the Independent Committee on Review of Child Protection in the Catholic Church in England and Wales 2000-01. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor issued the following statement following the news: The Cardinal said: "I was very saddened by the death of Lord Nolan and extend my deepest sympathy to his wife, Lady Margaret, and all his family. Michael Nolan was a very distinguished servant of this country and a devout Catholic. I am most grateful to him for the great service he rendered to the Church in recent times. He is assured of my prayers for the repose of his soul. May he rest in peace." Born on 10 September 1928. Lord Nolan was educated at Ampleforth in Yorkshire and at Wadham College, Oxford, where he has been an Honorary Fellow since 1992. He served with the Royal Artillery from 1947 to 1949. Called to the Bar, Middle Temple, in 1953, Lord Nolan was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1968. He became a Judge at the High Court of Justice from 1982 to 1991 and was Presiding Judge on the Western Circuit from 1985 to 1988. He was a Lord Justice of Appeal from 1991 to 1993. In 1994 Lord Nolan was made a Life Peer and a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. He was knighted in 1982 and became a Privy Counsellor in 1991. Lord Nolan was Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life from 1994-97; Commissioner, Interception of Communications Act 1985, from 1994-2000; and Chair Independent Committee on Review of Child Protection in the Catholic Church in England and Wales 2000-01. Lord Nolan married Margaret Noyes in 1953. They had one son and four daughters. On the House of Lords website, he listed as his recreations: 'family, friends and fishing.' His funeral is due to take place on 30 January at his home parish in Kent. A memorial service will be held at Westminster Cathedral at a date to be confirmed. Jo Siedlecka
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