Mark Joseph Moore RossApril 2, 1946 – September 9, 2004
Former longtime Carbondale resident Mark Joseph Moore Ross, 58, died Sept. 9, 2004, in Philadelphia.He was born April 2, 1946, in West Grove, Pa., the youngest son of William and Julie Ross. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; their son, Will; their daughter, Ariel; and his brothers, Timothy and Matthew.Mark devoted his life to the support of young children and the adults who live and work with them. He had a B.A. in anthropology from Beloit College, a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas and extensive preschool and lower elementary Montessori training. He served as a Montessori preschool and lower elementary teacher, a Montessori teacher trainer, a leader of parenting classes and a board member at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. He and his wife Kathryn cofounded the Mt. Sopris Montessori School in Carbondale, which he directed for almost 20 years. He also helped to start a Montessori program within the public elementary schools in Carbondale. In 2002 he became the director of the Greene Towne School in Center City Philadelphia. He was an active member of the Montessori community there for the last two years of his life. His powerful and curious intellect was matched measure for measure by his profound emotional connection with children and their families. That he chose to focus his energy and talents on the very early stages of life is a testament to his belief in the importance of the foundations of each human life. This belief went hand in hand with his faithful adherence to the Montessori philosophy of education, and his admiration for its founder, Maria Montessori.Apart from his work, Mark had many and varied interests. He spoke some Mandarin, Cantonese and German, and was fluent in Spanish. He was a voracious reader, and particularly an ardent student and admirer of German philosopher Karl Popper, and many English writers, including G.K. Chesterton, George Orwell and C.S. Lewis. He was also a writer, producing a number of essays on early childhood education as well as children’s stories that he illustrated himself. He was proud to be a longtime member of Rotary International and former president of the Carbondale Rotary Club. He was a gourmet bread-baker, a gardener, an enthusiastic cultivator of worm farms, a licensed ham radio operator, a master of the Japanese art of fish rubbings and a lover of good music and good food. Most of all, he was a husband and father, and loved to be with his family.A memorial service is planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School barn in Carbondale. The family suggests those attending the service wear Hawaiian shirts, because Mark was fond of wearing them during his years in Carbondale.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mark Ross Scholarship for Teacher Training at the Mt. Sopris Montessori School, 869 Euclid St., Carbondale, CO 81623, or the Mark Ross Memorial Endowment for Professional Development at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 1493 County Road 106, Carbondale, CO 81623.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mark Ross Scholarship for Teacher Training at the Mt. Sopris Montessori School, 869 Euclid St., Carbondale, CO 81623, or the Mark Ross Memorial Endowment for Professional Development at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 1493 County Road 106, Carbondale, CO 81623.
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