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Bernard Ross ’37

Bernard Ross ’37, December 19, 2011, in Portland. Ricky attended Reed for two years and then transferred to the University of Oregon, where he earned a BA in psychology and sociology. He said later that his experiences at Reed influenced decisions he made throughout his life. At the University of Pittsburgh, he studied social administration, earning an MSc in 1941, and was a director for fair employment practices in the Roosevelt administration. In 1958 he completed a PhD in social welfare and adult education at the University of Michigan and served as dean of the graduate school of social work at Bryn Mawr. He returned to Portland to be dean of the graduate school of social work at Portland State University, later becoming dean and vice provost of graduate studies and research. In 1989, he received the distinguished alumnus award from the University of Pittsburgh for his endeavors in the field of social work education and research. With his wife, Eileen, Ricky had two sons and a daughter. Survivors include his wife, JoAnna Henry; his children; a stepson; and two grandchildren. “Equal parts social justice and port wine, he had a kind word for strangers and a bon mot for every occasion.”

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2012

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