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Monday, September 11, 2006

September 11th Tribute to Richard Ross

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Today, September 11th 2006, I'm paying tribute to September 11th 2001 victim Richard Barry Ross as part of the 2996 project. Richard B. Ross of Newton, Massachussets, USA was a caring 58 year old father who'd met with success in both his personal and public lives. 5 years ago today, on September 11th 2001, al-Qaeda terrorists fueled by fanatical hatred hijacked American Airlines Flight 11, which Richard was flying on. It crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

The Boston Globe published an editorial obituary for Mr. Ross. It turns out that while the September 11th terrorists may have killed a man, much of Ross was left intact that terrible day. Ross' family, The Brain Tumor Society that he founded, and several other groups and organizations he was a part of carry on his work.

The September 11th Legacy website describes the establishment of The Brain Tumor Society:
"When his youngest daughter, Alison, developed a brain tumor as a child, Mr. Ross and a friend formed a foundation, the Brain Tumor Society, to provide information and support. 'He lived his priorities,' Ms. Ross said. 'He always told us that we were the most important things, and he always showed us that.'"

In business, the Boston community remembers Richard Ross for being the "principal of management consulting firm The Ross Group," which in everyday language translates to "President and CEO."

Perhaps most touchingly, Ross was a family man. He coached his children in sports and never missed a game in spite of many other significant commitments.

I encourage you all to drop by the September 11th: 2996 tributes website.

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At 10:13 p.m., Canadian Politico Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks for including Richard Ross in the 2996 tribute today.

I only met him a few times, during the course of engagement between local residents/businesses and Boston City Hall regarding the proposed replacement for Fenway Park. (He, or his company--I forget which, owned land that was slated to be taken by emminent domain.)

He struck me as forthright and upstanding, and I was shocked when I heard he was aboard flight 11. The Fenway greatly missed him after that day.

At 11:41 p.m., Canadian Politico Blogger lecentre said:

Thanks for sharing your personal anecdote. I agree that Richard was fundamentally a good man, and is really a great loss to society.


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