Diana Joll obituary
My friend Diana Joll, who has died aged 92, had a successful career in social work, beginning in 1949 as house mother in a children’s home and ending in 1987 as a senior psychiatric social worker for Brighton and Hove council. In parallel, she developed a passion for the art of the silhouette, collecting more than 700 works and achieving national recognition for her expertise in the subject.
Diana was strongly influenced by her father, Teddy Joll, an artistically minded civil servant who had met her mother, Molly (nee McClean), in the 1920s. They divorced when Diana was five, and a few years later Teddy married Mary Brunner, who had been a nursery school teacher and was a calming influence in Diana’s life.