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In Memory of

Thomas A. Bolan

May 30, 1924 - May 12, 2017

Obituary


BOLAN, THOMAS A. Esq., age 92 of Flushing, NY died May 12, 2017. He served his country in World War II, flying 35 bombing missions over Germany, and was Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York under three U.S. Attorneys in the 1950s. In private law practice for almost 50 years, Mr. Bolan was the longtime partner of Roy M. Cohn, senior partner in the firms Saxe, Bacon & Bolan and Bolan, Lang, Binacone& Tiffenberg, taught in the St. John's University School of Law for four years, and was executive officer or...

BOLAN, THOMAS A. Esq., age 92 of Flushing, NY died May 12, 2017. He served his country in World War II, flying 35 bombing missions over Germany, and was Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York under three U.S. Attorneys in the 1950s. In private law practice for almost 50 years, Mr. Bolan was the longtime partner of Roy M. Cohn, senior partner in the firms Saxe, Bacon & Bolan and Bolan, Lang, Binacone& Tiffenberg, taught in the St. John's University School of Law for four years, and was executive officer or director of numerous corporations, banks, and charitable organizations. Mr. Bolan represented the Archdiocese of New York in cases such as school prayer and defending Catholic teachers against discrimination, was Judge Advocate for the Catholic War Veterans, and was a founder of the Human Life Foundation, the Ad Hoc Committee in Defense of Life, and other pro-life organizations. Head of President Reagan's 1980 transition team in New York State, he was also appointed by Reagan as Director of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation in the 1980s. Mr. Bolan was active in politics and was a co-founder of the New York State Conservative Party, Chairman of the East Side Conservative Club, and was a close personal friend and confidante of William F. Buckley, Jr., for whose magazine National Review he served on the board of directors for many years. A Knight of Malta since 1966, he received numerous awards in recognition of his service to the nation and the Catholic Church. An avid Yankees fan, he was friend and attorney for George M. Steinbrenner, the late Yankees owner, who was quoted in the New York Post as saying, "I don't make a trade unless I talk to him." He is survived by his wife, Marie, children Douglas, Mary, Jacqueline and William, and grandchildren Christopher, John, Jennifer, Brian, Matthew, Isaac, Emily, and Jonathan. He was preceded in death by his son Thomas Sean in 2002, and granddaughter Margaret in 2003. A wake will be held on Tuesday, May 16 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the Harden/Quinn-Fogarty Funeral Home, 208-17 Northern Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, May 17th at 9:30am at St. Andrew Avellino Church, 35-60 158th St., Flushing, NY, 11358. In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to the Human Life Foundation, 353 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10016.