To: The St. Lawrence Community
From: President William L. Fox
Date: October 9, 2015
Subject: In Memory: Emeritus Professor of Psychology John Ross
I write today to tell you of the death of Emeritus Professor of Psychology John A. Ross on October 6.
A graduate of Trinity College with a Ph.D. from Syracuse University, John worked at St. Lawrence from 1965 until his retirement in 1997. Prior to coming to the University, John was a lecturer at Syracuse and then a research associate at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Syracuse. He conducted research on a number of topics, including thirst and the central nervous system, and his work was published in a variety of scholarly journals.
John's primary teaching responsibilities included courses in the areas of physiological psychology and animal behavior, as well as introductory psychology. He was one of the University's pioneers in promoting interdisciplinary teaching.
He also conducted, with psychology colleagues James Street and Thomas Cunningham, research on the post-St. Lawrence education and career paths of psychology majors. The 1974-75 edition of "Outstanding Educators of America" included John, for his professional and civic achievements. He also served as editor of the journal of the International Society of Human Ethology and Man/Environment Systems.
A long-time member of the Health & Safety Committee, John initiated, managed, and taught CPR for many years to dozens of faculty, staff, and students. He was also a volunteer on the Madrid Volunteer Rescue Squad Committee, and taught CPR to community members from Madrid and Waddington. In addition, John chaired the Institutional Research Board for many years.
I know you join Lynn and me in expressing deepest sympathies to John's wife Marilyn, also a former St. Lawrence employee in health services; their children, Kent and Pamela; their families and all in the Laurentian community who remember John as a friend and colleague.