Joan W. Hollander

[Age 80] Homemaker played piano and acted in children's theater.

April 16, 2007

Joan W. Hollander, a homemaker, volunteer and pianist, died of breast cancer April 9 at her Chevy Chase home. She was 80.

Joan Wolman was born in Baltimore and raised in Windsor Hills. She was the niece of the late Abel Wolman, the world's foremost expert on sanitary drinking water.

When she was 6 years old, she began studying piano at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She was a 1944 graduate of Park School and earned a bachelor's degree in music at Vassar College in 1948.

She taught piano at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass., until moving to Chevy Chase in 1949.

For years, Mrs. Hollander appeared frequently with local musicians including violinists, instrumentalists and pianists. Lately, she and her duo-piano partner, Norma Conner, entertained at nursing homes and senior citizen centers.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1972, Mrs. Hollander was a "Reach for Recovery" volunteer with the American Cancer Society.

She had been a board member of the Community Arts Cooperative, Adventure Theater and the Montgomery County Arts Council.

Mrs. Hollander assisted the staff of the Community Psychiatric Clinic and performed in Adventure Theater productions for children.

She was an avid tennis player who played doubles on a weekly basis, until recent months.

Services were Saturday.

Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Bernard M. Hollander, an attorney with the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust division; two sons, Jonathan Hollander of New York City and David W. Hollander of Newton, Mass.; two daughters, Susan R.H. Parker of Chilmark, Mass., and Ellen Hollander of Silver Spring; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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