Marie Roman poses with Jamie Ford, author of the 2011-2012 One Book Villanova selection, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
The Falvey Memorial Library staff recently learned of the passing of Marie Roman, a beloved former Falvey Memorial Library employee, on April 21. Marie retired in 2013, after working as a Resource Management Specialist at Falvey for over 20 years.
During her time at Villanova, Marie’s trademark was her warm, welcoming nature. She cared about her fellow staff and students and invested time in getting to know their stories. Marie was also notorious for her great attention to detail, especially having formerly worked for the Philadelphia Evening & Sunday Bulletin where she met her husband of 44 years, John Roman, who was a long-time reporter for the Delaware County Daily Times.
In addition to her role as a Resource Management Specialist, Marie had a secondary assignment on Programming and Outreach Team. It was there that she assisted with events and displays, often offering thoughtful input and suggestions. In fact. In honor of the anniversary of September 11, 2001, each year Marie would arrange a special patriotic display in remembrance by the entrance of the Library. There, she would carefully place American flags, original newspapers from 2001, as well as colorful bouquets of flowers. To this day, Falvey staff still carry on Marie’s tradition of remembering the victims and heroes of September 11.
Falvey’s patriotic display inspired by Marie Roman in honor of September 11, 2001.
Marie made a lasting impact on Falvey’s staff and student employees. Some Falvey staff members reflect on their favorite memories of Marie:
Jacqueline Smith, Finance and Administration Specialist:
Marie and I would always talk about the latest episodes of PBS This Old House. She and I always wished Tommy Silva, the lead contractor on the show, would come and work on our houses!
I also felt Marie would have made a great reporter with having worked for The Bulletin and being married to a journalist. She was always aware of the “Who,” “What,” “When,” “Where,” and “Why.”
Regina Duffy, Communication and Marketing Program Manager:
Marie and I spent time working together on the Programming and Outreach team during the last few years before she retired. From the time I met her, she was always so welcoming and gracious. I was always impressed with how she could carry on conversations with even the most introverted people—I am pretty sure she could get anyone talking! Marie was so good at making people feel comfortable in her presence.
Though Marie was extremely humble, I know that she was very proud of her husband John, her sons, and her granddaughter, Marissa, whom she talked about often.
I learned a lot from Marie and I will never forget her.
Regina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.