Barbara Harmon Roll

Hanover, N.H. — Barbara Harmon Roll passed away on April 29, 2014, at Wheelock Terrace in Hanover. She was 95. Born in Newbury, Vt., Barbara was the eldest child of Major General Ernest N. Harmon, U.S. Army, and his wife Leona Tuxbury Harmon of West Newbury, Vt. Gen. Harmon commanded the 2nd Armored Division in WWII and served as President of Norwich University from 1950 to 1965.

Barbara was a graduate of George Washington University and was an accomplished equestrienne, having been charged by her father to exercise his polo ponies on Army bases throughout the U.S.

In 1939, she met Sylvester J. Roll, an executive with Pan American Airways, when she was secretary to the military attaché at the American embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. They enjoyed 41 years of marriage until his death in 1980. World travelers, Barbara managed homes for her husband and their four children in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tarrytown, N.Y., Stockholm, Sweden, Bogota, Columbia, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Redding, Conn. where she served as President of the League of Women Voters and Chairman of the Redding Board of Education for many years. She became fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese, and Swedish. After 21 active years in Redding, she and Sylvester retired to “Eastman” in Grantham, N.H.

Barbara is survived by her brother, Ernest N. Harmon Jr. of Fullerton, Calif.; her four children, Henry (Rick) Roll of Wyoming, Del., Jon Roll of Arlington, Mass., Barbara Jo Murphy of Osterville, Mass., and William Roll of Randolph Center, Vt.; her four grandchildren, Adam, Stuart, Jessica, and Kate; and her first great-grandchild, Canyon, born three days before her passing. In accordance with her wishes, Barbara will be laid to rest beside her husband in their plot in Hanover Center, N.H. in a private ceremony attended by her immediate family.

The sentiment, “Barbara Roll will be greatly missed,” is an understatement of colossal dimensions!

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