Robert B. Nolan Sr., a former Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. engineer who later owned an indoor tennis center, died Dec. 9 of complications from heart disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The longtime Rodgers Forge resident was 83.
The son of Charles Edward Nolan Sr., president and general manager of Nolan Motors in Hagerstown, and Cathryn E. Nolan, a homemaker, Robert Bruce Nolan Sr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Homeland.
He was a 1951 graduate of Loyola High School, where he was an ice hockey goalie.
He earned a bachelor's degree in 1955 in electrical engineering from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., where he also was a member of the ice hockey team.
He earned additional bachelor's degrees in business and mathematics during the 1960s from the Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Nolan served in the Army as a lieutenant from 1955 until 1957, when he was discharged.
He began his career as an electrical engineer in 1958 at BGE, leaving in 1978 to design and build the Yorktown Racquet Club in Cockeysville. He sold the facility in the early 1980s.
"After college, he formed the [amateur] Baltimore Clippers ice hockey team," said a son, Robert Bruce Nolan Jr. of Lutherville. "When the American Hockey League came to Baltimore, they took the Clipper name and the amateur team became the Junior Clippers. The Clippers used to give us their used equipment."
A longtime resident of Murdock Road in Rodgers Forge, Mr. Nolan enjoyed working around his home. He and his wife liked playing tennis and traveling.
Mr. Nolan's wife of 26 years, the former Dorothy Claire Creamer, died in 1982.
He was a communicant and usher at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6428 York Road, Rodgers Forge, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m Saturday.
Mr. Nolan is survived by two others sons, Charles E. Nolan of Phoenix, Baltimore County, and David A. Nolan of Fallston; a daughter, Mary Carol Nolan Morrissey of Southington, Conn.; a brother, Charles E. Nolan Sr. of Rockville; and eight grandchildren.