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
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
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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 suggested.
Reprinted courtesy of The Mudcat Cafe Website: http://mudcat.org/