Joan Marie Roll, 56

Joan Marie Roll (née Lourd), age 56, died on Aug. 22 after a brief battle with lymphoma. She was predeceased by her husband of 29 years, Stephen “Tim” Roll, and her father, Seymour Lourd. She is survived by her mother, Marcella Lourd of Connecticut; her daughters, Katherine and Emily, both of Philadelphia; and her brother, Paul of Connecticut.
Joan was born and raised in New York City. She attended Trinity High School in Manhattan. She earned her bachelor of science degree in 1980 from the Wharton School and doctor of law (JD) magna cum laude in 1983 from the University of Pennsylvania.
Joan joined Pepper Hamilton LLP in the tax group as of counsel in February 2001. She specialized in the taxation of REITs, financial products and other complex federal tax matters.
On Sept. 14, 1985, Joan married the love of her life, Tim. They enjoyed a wonderful life together, first renovating their house in a beautiful neighborhood in Bala Cynwyd, and then raising their daughters. As a family, they enjoyed traveling, playing games together and spending time with family in Connecticut.
Joan valued all the friends she made in her neighborhood, at work, at the children’s school, on the train, and playing tennis. Her other pastimes included beating everyone in word games, reading, and exploring the city. She will be greatly missed by her family, including her cats, Oreo and Johnny Mac.
Interment is private. A memorial service was held Aug. 29 at Ardmore United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation at
Arrangements were by Bringhurst Funeral Home at West Laurel Hill Cemetery.