In 2003, he received UD’s Excellence in Teaching Award. “No matter how many times I’ve taught a certain course,” he said, “every time I teach it, it feels like the first.”
During his last decade at UD, he and Duke led numerous study
abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and
Ireland, engaging students from colleges and majors across the
University in learning and laughter.
His impact was indelible. “When I changed my major to English and
chose journalism as my concentration, I was deeply engrossed in becoming
the best writer I could,” a former student of his wrote on Facebook.
“This man was my guiding light and my inspiration for just that. I will
never forget the advice he gave me and the words he molded me with when I
was just beginning my journey: ‘You will do important work in this
world... I have no doubt.’”
Prof. Ross was a moral compass for young journalists, mentoring them
in the art of reporting, the importance of storytelling and the quest
He had “emotional integrity,” said Stark. “He seemed all of a piece. You could trust his reactions.”
In 2014, Prof. Ross retired from UD, after 30 years of teaching. Last April, he and Duke
relocated from Newark to Connecticut. In November, they moved to
Washington state to “live among the evergreens and flannel shirts,” and
to be closer to daughter Caroline, son-in-law Dave, granddaughters
Stella and Lucy, and granddog Sadie the Beagle.
“He was an amazing teacher, the perfect father and grandfather, and
one of the funniest and kindest people I will ever know,” Caroline wrote
to the Facebook community in announcing his passing. “I am beyond lucky
to have parents who had an epic love story, and my mother and I will
miss him more than words can say.”
A celebration of Prof. Ross’ life will be held during Alumni Weekend,
from 1-2:30 p.m., Sunday, June 3, in Memorial Hall, with a less formal
gathering off campus to follow.