Joseph Carroll Roesser, 82, a retired lawyer and lieutenant colonel in the Army, died of cancer October 20 at his daughter’s home in Frederick. He lived in Olney.
Mr. Roesser, a Catonsville native, graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore and served in the Army in the United States during World War II. He graduated in 1950 from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and in 1951 his reserve unit was called to active duty in the Korean War. Mr. Roesser became an assistant to the battalion aide surgeon with the Army’s 5th Cavalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division. When his division was rotated to Hokkaido, Japan, he served as commanding officer of the Medical Service Company. In a later tour of duty, he served in Seoul with the U.N. command.
He was transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, serving in the comptroller’s office while attending the Georgetown University Law Center at night. He received a law degree in 1957 and transferred from the Army Medical Service Corps to the Judge Advocate General Corps, serving in Germany as a court observer until being assigned to the Pentagon. He taught evening legal and business classes at American University, the University of Maryland and Southeastern University. He retired from the military in 1968.
He began practicing law in Montgomery County in 1968 and opened a practice in 1972, specializing in insurance, negligence and family law. He retired a second time in 1997.
Mr. Roesser was a founding member of the Olney Lions Club and a member of the committee to standardize fiscal policies of U.S. military hospitals. He was also a member of Delta Theta Phi, the Rotary Club and several legal associations.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Louise Parke Roesser of Olney; seven children, Joseph Roesser Jr. of Carmel, CA, Douglas Roesser of Monterey, CA, Robert Roesser of Thurmont, MD, Thomas Roesser of Gainesville, GA, Mary Beth Kotowski of Vienna, Laurie Shah of Tomball of TX, and Leslie O’Connell of Frederick; a brother; and eight grandchildren.
A belated wish for the family ... On behalf of Joe’s many friends and colleagues here at the Bar Association of Montgomery County, we extend our heartfelt sympathy.
Beverly C. Mondin, Executive Director