April 10, 1951 (Cleveland) - Nov. 12, 1997
Chicago IL area
Co-Chairman, Chicon IV (1982).
Co-Chairman, Windycon 8 (1981); Chairman, Windycon 24 (1997); ISFiC
director, 1980 - 1997; held positions on every Windycon concom, 1981-1997.
Vice President for Facilities & WSFS
Business Meeting Chairman, Chicon V (1991); Program Director, Chicon 2000
(died before convention). Numerous positions at other Worldcons.
Co-founded the Columbus Light Cavalry, a group dedicated to pitching in at
the last minute to save faltering cons.
MagiCon (1992) "Hero" Award (for writing registration software on two
Editor, THE WORLDCON RUNNER'S GUIDE.
Created one of the earliest personal fan Web sites, the Avenging
Active in Christian Fandom from the early 1980's onward.
Favorite attire: Blue aardvark suit, formal kilt (sometimes in
Silliest fan feat: Founded "Hot SMOF Babes of Fandom."
"He was kind and generous and funny
and smart. He's given a lot, over and over again, to SF fandom in working on
conventions, publishing fanzines, and starting subgroups like Christian
We saw this coming, but that doesn't stop me from being Deeply Bummed.
Who do we have left, now, who can emerge from hotel negotiations with ten
free parking spaces for a Worldcon's vehicles?
He was always ready to donate time and energy to help out fans and science
fiction. If you go down to the Museum of Science and Industry, passing
through the food exhibit and the post office exhibit, you'll come to a display of
SF artifacts, video, and illustrations. Ross's name is on the plaque there. MSI
wanted to explain the connection between science fiction and spaceflight, and
Ross invited the designers to examine and photograph his SF collection to find
He's at the Big Worldcon now, where the elevators arrive just when you need
one, and all the angels are wearing bow ties. Goodbye, Avenging Aardvark."
Photo supplied by Bill Roper Sept. 2000
Data: July 2002