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Colvin Ross, 1928-2001
Colvin Ross, 72, a professor emeritus of education, died Jan. 19.
Ross, who retired from the University in 1986, taught in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He was director of elementary education laboratory experiences, coordinator of the Elementary Student Teaching Program, and director of the Urban Education Teacher Training Program.
He joined the UConn faculty in 1967, after teaching at Bowling Green University and Northern Illinois University.
Colleagues say Ross had an outstanding relationship with administrators in the public schools. He was also known for his concern for students, their interests, and problems. In addition to his academic work, he will be remembered for his sense of humor, says Donald Protheroe, professor emeritus of education.
Ross had many articles published in professional journals. He specialized in workshops and in service programs for teachers and administrators. He developed the RPI (Ross Philosophical Index), a questionnaire for teachers and administrators dealing with their beliefs and attitudes about education and teaching.
Ross earned his undergraduate degree from Yankton College, and his master's and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State University. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, the international association of professional educators.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Ross lived for many years in Manchester, Conn., and moved to Sarasota, Fla., in 1990. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.
Ross is survived by his wife, Myra, a son, a daughter and three grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to National Parkinson Foundation, Neurological Disorders, 1501 N.W. Ninth Ave., Miami, FL 33136.