Published in The Capital Gazette on Jan. 9, 2018
On Friday, January 5, 2018, Robert Julius Troll passed
peacefully at his home in Annapolis, Maryland. He was
surrounded by family in his final days.
Born September 29, 1924, Robert (Bob) is a native
Washingtonian and attended Central High (1942) where
he was a standout athlete. Heavily recruited, he chose to
stay close to home and the family bakery while attending
and playing football, baseball and boxing at the University
of Maryland. He was also involved with University publications
as an illustrator and cartoonist. His lifelong artistic career began at the DC Dept of
Recreation, Cultural Arts Division as a stage and set designer and painter. Some of his
theatre work that drew critical acclaim included the settings for the Shakespeare Festival
at the Sylvan Theater, Christmas Specials for the Children of Washington, Howard Univ
Cramton Auditorium, the Civic Opera Association, and the National Ballet in the Opera
House of the Kennedy Center. Set designs also included WTTG Channel 5 Panorama,
Miss D.C. Pageants, and parade floats for inaugurations and festivals in Washington.
With a sketchpad always at his side, he enjoyed living on the water, boating, fishing and
He is predeceased by his wife of 62 years (Mary Jane), and is survived by three children,
Thomas Troll (Denise), Linda Stelter and Carol Masengale (Steve), eight grandchildren
and eight great grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held on January 13th from 1-3pm at Lasting Tributes, 814
Bestgate Road, Annapolis.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation www.cbf.org
814 Bestgage Road
Annapolis, MD 21401