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I'm very sorry to hear this. I spent a lot of time getting to know John during the ARSC conference in Seattle several years ago. He had a remarkable knowledge about folk music and his passing leaves a void in our field.

Cary Ginell


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From: L. Sercombe <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thu, 28 May 2009 8:35 am
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Obituary for John Ross


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 -?
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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.?
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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.?
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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").?
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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 Society.?
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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.?
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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 [log in to unmask]
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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.?
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Reprinted courtesy of The Mudcat Cafe Website: http://mudcat.org/?