Friends and family gather to honor the life of Thomas M. Ross

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On Friday, December 21, members of the USF College of Public Health community unite with family and friends to remember and recognize the life of Mr. Thomas Ross.

He lost his long battle with cancer on December 2.

Since March of 1996, Tom ran the college’s copy center.  “Whenever I’d show up on his doorstep utterly confused or with some kind of ‘copying crisis,’ Tom was exceptionally patient and helpful answering my questions,” said Anne Maynard, MPH, CHES, COPH alumna and director of USF Area Health Education Center.  “I probably thanked him for making my copies or whatever as I rushed out his door, but now I wish I had the chance to tell him how much I appreciated his kindness”.

A proud Marine and Vietnam veteran, Tom leaves behind his wife, Linda; daughters, Serena and Jessica, sons, Justin, Jeremy, and Jason; and two grandchildren, Olivia and Anthony.

The Ross Family recognizes that the USF College of Public Health was a large part of Tom’s life and will hold his memorial service in the auditorium. The college is located at 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612 and the service begins at 4pm.

“Tom was not only extremely helpful, he made everybody happier,” said Skai Schwartz, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology. “May his spirit stay with us.”

An online guestbook is available for words of comfort and recollections of Tom.