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Loss of a COPH Family Member: Thomas Ross

| Monday Letter, Take Note!

Thomas Ross lost his long battle with cancer on December 2.

Since March of 1996, Tom ran the Copy Center at the University of South Florida College of Public Health. He took great pride in serving our faculty, staff, and students.  Other than his family, nothing was more important than making sure his projects were completed timely and accurately, and that everyone who worked with him was pleased with their experience.

Several weeks ago an invitation was extended to collect get well cards for Tom.

We asked and you answered—overwhelming.

On Friday, November 30, I had the privileged of delivering your written sentiments to Tom and Linda. They were extremely appreciative of all the thoughts, prayers, and wishes sent to them by his friends and colleagues.

A proud Marine and Vietnam Veteran, Tom leaves behind his wife, Linda; his daughter, Serena, and step-children Justin, Jeremy, Jessica, and Joshua; and two grandchildren, Olivia and Anthony.

A memorial for Tom will be held later in December.  Details will be shared with the COPH community as they become available.  Anyone interested in making a gift to the family to help with medical and funeral expenses, should contact myself or Sandy Miller.

Members of the College of Public Health community are invited to submit their recollections of Tom.

A memorial for Tom appeared outside the copy center Monday morning. The card reads: Rest in peace, dear friend

Written by Jay Evans, MBA MPH, associate dean for Finance, Operations & Human Resources