STAMFORD, Conn. – Ronald Martin Gross, of Stamford, died Sunday, Jan. 31. He was 82.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 19, 1933. He was the son of Pearl Dolinsky Gross and Herman Gross. He spent his childhood in Lima, Ohio, where he graduated from Lima Central High School. He attended Ohio State University and earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1955. After graduation, he worked at Battelle Memorial Institute decoding sensitive intelligence information for the U.S. government. He graduated from Harvard Business School in 1960.
Subsequently, his professional life was marked by over 50 years of distinguished business and civic accomplishment. He spent his entire professional career in the pulp and paper industry. He served in various roles at Champion International from 1960-1968. In 1968, he moved his family to Vancouver, Canada, where he became the C.E.O. of Canadian Cellulose Corporation at the age of 39.
In 1978, he moved his family to Stamford and started a long career with ITT Rayonier where he served as C.E.O. for 17 years. Toward the end of his business career, he served on several corporate boards, including the Brinks Company, Corn Products International, Lukens Steel, and as the Chairman of Rayonier's board until 1998.
He served as president of Congregation Beth Israel in Vancouver and of Temple Beth El in Stamford. He also served as president of the United Jewish Federation in Fairfield County, served on the board of the United Way and as chairman of the U.S. Savings Bond Campaign for Fairfield County.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Grecia Levin Gross; son Bradley Gross and his wife, Stephanie Phillips, of New York City; son Dr. Bennett Gross and his wife, Jacqueline Sherman, of San Diego, California; brother James Gross of Tryon, North Carolina; and grandchildren, Eli, Anderson and Benjamin.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Temple Beth El, Stamford.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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