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Re: [ARSCLIST] Obituary for John Ross
I was very sorry to hear of the passing of John. I met him at last
years conference at Stanford and he was very kind to sit and talk
with me for a bit even though I was, and am, new to this list. And
although there were many wonderful things that I learned at my first
conference, my time talking with John stands out in my mind as a high
On May 28, 2009, at 8:35 AM, L. Sercombe wrote:
I'm sorry to report that John Ross, who often posted to the ARSC
list, recently passed away in Seattle. The following notice is
reprinted courtesy of The Mudcat Cafe Website -
John Maxwell Ross died April 6, 2009, of natural causes at his home
in Seattle following a sudden heart attack. An only child, he was
preceded in death by his parents.
John was born April 3, 1947 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was a
graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland and served
four years in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he was stationed in St.
Louis, Missouri. His world travels eventually brought him to
Seattle, where he spent the next few decades following his personal
and professional interests.
An accomplished author of technical books for Microsoft Press, No
Starch Press and other publishers, he also pursued other writing
projects for various entities, including a planned study of the
writings of E.B. White. He combined his Coast Guard radio
engineering experience and his love for music and folklore to
become an asset to many local organizations, including KRAB Radio,
Northwest Folklife, and the Seattle Folklore Society. He was a
dedicated archivist and was deeply committed to preserving the
musical heritage of the past in new and different media. He was a
frequent contributor to the WELL and a member of the Mudcat Caf
(along with other "Folk Scare alumni").
In addition to his literary and musical pursuits, he enjoyed
collecting (and drinking) local Pacific Northwest wines and was
familiar with many of the wineries. He was interested in tinplate
trains and frequently volunteered at the train shows held during
Thanksgiving weekend at the Pacific Science Center. He served on
the Wallingford Community Council and enjoyed making homemade apple
cider with members of the Northwest Cider Society.
John was a philosopher, a contributor, an iconoclast and a source
of knowledge; and he will be missed by the many friends he made
through all his different interests.
A memorial service is being planned for some time in the future. If
you are interested in knowing more about it, please contact Doug
Manana at dougmanana@xxxxxxxxxxxx
For those wishing to honor his memory and the many contributions he
made to various groups, donations to the Seattle Folklore Society,
Northwest Folklife, or St. John's College (Annapolis, MD) are
Reprinted courtesy of The Mudcat Cafe Website: http://mudcat.org/