William Richard Roell
February 10, 1952 – July 27, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of Schimunek Funeral Home, Bel Air, MD.
William Richard Roell
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July 11, 2016
My condolences to David's wife and family. I have only just learnt the sad news. Today almost 2 years after David's passing, I thought of him and wondered how he was going. Then I went to my astrology group meeting and the speaker mentioned that he had died! Shock, I remembered he had heart problems.
I knew Dave way back in the late nineties, when he lived in Santa Fe. I will never forget his friendship, and how he applied his sharp mind to astrology. Rest in peace.
August 2, 2015
"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." -- Herman Melville
I never met Dave in person, and only dared correspond a few times. (He always responded and always surprised me with his response.) I wasn't a close friend or colleague, but I dearly dearly loved his mind, his wit, his devotion to experimentation and bold speculation, and his bravery for taking unpopular positions. All, of course, couched in a brilliant mind, as you said, devoted to truth. Whether you agreed with him or not, you couldn't ignore him.
His death last summer, in a very tough season, was a terrible blow, a terrible loss for me -- for all of us who loved him and his work. I think I panicked at the thought of never having anything really radically interesting to read again in astrology.
It's my sincere hope that Dave's work will live on through the students and readers he influenced through his newsletter, emails, and phone chats. I know it will. An original spark, he's not easily forgotten. And should not be easily forgotten.
I know he left behind a young daughter, and to her I wish to say that there are indeed people like me who, even a year after his passing, still terribly miss his presence in our lives. Astrology was his art, it's obvious, and like many artists, their work appreciates in value long after they've passed. Dave gave us the artistry of his writing and his mind. He was completely generous with both. This is but one piece of his personal legacy I hope to pass on. I want you to know he made a life-changing difference in my life.
With gratitude and (still) sadness,
January 18, 2015
I just learned the sad news. I loved Dave's newsletter, and learned quite a lot from his articles and other publications. He did a chart reading for me a few years ago, and we had some interesting exchanges about it and various esoteric topics. I am grateful for his contributions to astrology; he will be deeply missed.
T. T. Fenner
January 2, 2015
I recently learned of Dave's passing and I am truly sorry to hear that he has left us. Dave helped astrologers in the only way that he knew how--which was from his own personal experience. He had some controversial and unpopular views and yet he censored nothing to his readers. I know that he helped others and I appreciate all of the help that he has given me over the years--great advice, suggestions and of course, great book recommendations as well as an outstanding newsletter. Thank you again, Dave--you will be missed!
December 17, 2014
I too am sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I always looked forward to talking with him. And sometimes I was more interested in hearing his thoughts than on purchasing a book. I had great respect for his knowledge and his willingness to share that knowledge. While I did not agree with his political views, I respected the man and did not allow differing views to come between us. Rather I was always in sync with his appreciation of the astrological and the mystical. I mourn for his loss to his family, his friends and the astrological community. His life mattered in ways that even he did not know.
November 19, 2014
Thank you Dave. Your Newsletter was a regular inspiration and your e-mails were a joy. Nobody could fill that gap, but I hope and pray your bookshop finds the best way not just to survive but to flourish as you would wish it to. The world has lost somebody it needed very much and should have heeded much more. I send love to you as you go forward.
November 14, 2014
My condolences to Dave's family. I had business with him only over the last few years as a neophyte astrologer, but every phone call was an education and an excuse to talk to him personally instead of using the web. Astrology is today a richer science because of his huge contributions to it, and I hope his family will carry on his work in his memory realizing what a great being and Astrologer he indeed was.
September 15, 2014
I am very saddened to learn of Dave's passing. I knew something was wrong when his newsletter, which I read faithfully every Monday morning, was not updated. I owe a lot to Dave. I got to know him in 1997 when he sold me, to this day, one of my favorite book-and-card set, Jamie Sams's Medicine Cards. It changed my life forever! My deepest sympathy to his wife and family. He was a very special man; his life force and brilliant-quirky perspectives and awesome intelligence will be greatly missed on planet Earth.
August 14, 2014
Dear Dave's family...please except my deepest sympathy at Dave's passing. I never met Dave, but enjoyed his Monday astrology newsletter that was filled with much astrological wisdom. The astrological community has lost one of its lights.
Audria Gebhardt (St. Louis, MO)
August 12, 2014
To David's wife and daughter, please accept my condolences. Such a shock to hear we have lost Dave. I read his news letters for several years, corresponded several times with him by email, and bought many books from him. He certainly had an incredible mind and a uniquely original way of seeing and explaining the universe. His weekly newsletters were the best I have ever read. I'm so sorry he is no longer physically present but his incredible spirit I am sure is walking with you, giving you love. Bless you and blessings to Dave. We were blessed to have known him. His books will continue to illuminate astrologers and free thinkers for many years to come.
Doug Jamieson, Auckland, New Zealand.
August 6, 2014
To Dave's family
Sending you prayers. Dave was an extremely talented astrologer and I will miss his astrological wisdom. Blessings to your family during this difficult time.
August 4, 2014
I was deeply saddened to hear of Dave's passing. We've been long distance friends over 20 years. He was a joy to talk shop with and a brilliant astrologer. He will be dearly missed. May he rest in peace. Love you Dave! Ruby Shoes aka June Black
August 2, 2014
Expressing my deepest sympathies about the deeply felt and untimely loss of a wonderful astrologer and publisher. His legacy for all of us is to be the best astrologers we can be. Thoughts and prayers for Elizabeth, his daughter and family. I know he anticipated leaving us early... it is a shame he left THIS early.
August 2, 2014
I never had the pleasure of meeting Dave, but I had a lot of email correspondence with him over recent years about astrological topics--a subject we both enjoyed. Dave took the time to write me detailed explanations of things he knew about, which I greatly appreciated. Two recent topics we discussed were the astrology of the June Maryland gubernatorial primary and the election of Indian Prime Minister Modi. I sent him the chart of PM Modi and he referenced me in his July 1 newsletter article on the topic. He will be missed.
Adele Barger Wilson
August 2, 2014
Deepest sympathies to Dave's wife and family. I first came upon AstroAmerica's website in the mid-nineties. Since that time I have ordered books and received his email newsletter, always right on time, every Monday morning. I was always impressed and amazed at how hard he worked to produce such well written and interesting articles each week! He will be greatly missed by all of us.
August 2, 2014
Dearest Elizabeth ! I was one of Dave's many customers over the years & I was very saddened to hear of your beloved hard working intelligent husband's passing.He will be deeply missed.May God bless Dave and all of his loved ones.Sincerely,James M Carty Jr
August 1, 2014
My condolences to Dave's family. He will be missed! His vast knowledge on astrology, his diligence -always sending out a weekly newsletter cram packed with information every Monday morning (I always looked forward to them), and the only astrology bookseller I ordered from for the past 20 years. I didn't know him personally but will miss him in more ways than one!
August 1, 2014
Dear Elizabeth, my condolences . Even though Dave thought this might be coming, I am so sorry for your loss.
July 31, 2014
Deepest Sympathy to his wife and family. from Merrill Barratt in Fremantle Australia (one of his customers and Astrologer) He will be remembered for his love and passion of the sacred science
July 30, 2014
Dave's passing is a great sadness to all who knew him. His wisdom, knowledge and writings will shine like a beacon in the future to all who discover them. The community will miss him greatly, he was one of a kind who can't be replaced. God bless you, and RIP, Dave. My condolences to his family. Leslie