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David A. Ross ’53

David A. Ross ’53, November 22, 2014, in Astoria, Oregon. David came to Reed in 1949—his studies interrupted by service in the Oregon National Guard during the Korean War. Following the war, he returned to the college and then went on to earn a degree in civil and structural engineering at Purdue University. He also completed a master’s degree at the University of Washington. We read that David enjoyed a varied and interesting career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working on many large projects including the Lost Creek Dam and Fish Hatchery in Southern Oregon. He and Dorinne Rupprecht were married in 1955; they had four children, and later divorced. David volunteered as a leader for his sons’ Boy Scout troops and he taught his children a full range of home-remodeling skills. He also was a master gardener. David and Sharron Emery married in 1979 and lived in Forest Grove, Oregon, for more than 35 years, moving to Astoria in 2012. Survivors include Sharron, a daughter and three sons, eight grandchildren, and a sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2015

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