Our 55th Anniversary

(Sept. 14, 2010)


Nolan-Pingpank Heritage Shields Dated With Our Origin As A Couple


Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel


Episcopal Life


Anniversary Announcement


Richard Nolan & Robert Pingpank


Broward County, Florida, residents Richard Nolan and Robert Pingpank, both 73 are happy to be celebrating 55 Years Together this coming September, 2010. Life as a couple began in Connecticut as college freshmen. The couple was married legally in Connecticut in June, 2009, in the Trinity College Chapel during their 50th Class Reunion - as reported in the New York Times (June 7, 2009). Born in Waltham, Nolan is a 1954 graduate of Boston Latin School and a 1955 graduate of The Tabor Academy. He was ordained an Episcopal deacon in 1963 in Christ Episcopal Church, Waltham, and two years later a priest in St. John's, Arlington, MA. Pingpank was born three days earlier in Thomaston, CT, and was a National Honor Society graduate of Thomaston High School. Both men were educators. Their biography Soul Mates: More Than Partners (written by a friend/grandmother) is available gratis at www.nolan-pingpank.com.




Miami Herald


Emerald is a color and gemstone for a 55th anniversary (as well as the 20th). As the certificate notes, the encased, genuine emerald is "natural." We bought a heart "PhotoWeight," and Bob cut out a background from our surplus, living room drapery material as well as a white heart made from some protective packaging in which the paperweight was shipped!

The "Forever Yours Rose" crafted in porcelain by Boehm is also in our curio cabinet as a 55th anniversary keepsake.

A "Serenity Prayer" paperweight is our third item commemorating our 55th in the curio cabinet. Popularized by A.A., we have adopted this abbreviated version from an original by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. For us, when coupled with Christ's "Summary of the Law" in Matthew, it serves as an excellent guide to daily living. The Summary is "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And [Jesus] said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it: 'You shall love you neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."

A spaghetti luncheon at the Via Luna Restaurant of the Ritz Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, was excellent!