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Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Orthopedic Surgeon
Physician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green Olive
Favorite Food:
Pork Chops, Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern Spain
Favorite Quote:
Let's Roll.

Birthplace

Born:
11/26/1937
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Orthopedic Surgeon
Physician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green Olive
Favorite Food:
Pork Chops, Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern Spain
Favorite Quote:
Let's Roll.

Birthplace

Born:
11/26/1937
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross was born on November 26, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan. After receiving his high school diploma from Detroit’s Cass Tech High School in 1955, Ross attended the University of Michigan from 1956 to 1958, and Wayne State University from 1958 to 1960; he earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in 1964.

After medical school, Ross joined the Navy’s Medical Corps as an intern in 1964, and then worked as a doctor in the U.S. Navy from 1969 through 1973. Becoming a qualified submarine medical officer in 1966, Ross became the first African American submarine doctor in U.S. Navy history. Ross served aboard the U.S.S. George C. Marshall from 1968 to 1969, where he was the first African American officer to receive a Golden Dolphin Award from the U.S. Navy.

After leaving the Navy and moving to Oakland, California, Ross joined the West Oak Health Center as a consultant orthopedic surgeon and teacher; he later became the chief of orthopedics at Herrick Hospital in Berkeley, California.

A member of the Arlington Medical Group, Ross is also a member of the National Medical Association; The American Medical Association; the NAACP; and Alpha Phi Alpha. Ross and his wife, Etna, have raised four children.

Mr. Ross passed away on January 14, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross remembers his mother, Julia Josephine Jackson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes his father, Turner William Ross
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes his family lineage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes his sister, Lula Ross
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes his neighborhood as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes the smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross remembers his time at William T. Sampson Elementary School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes Cass Technical High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross remembers his sixth grade teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes his activities as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes his college experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross remembers being a social worker in college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross remembers his time at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross remembers attending the March on Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross explains how he became the first black officer on a submarine in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross speaks about being one of the only black officers in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross remembers working at the Newport News Shipyard in Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross recalls a dangerous incident during submarine training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross speaks about his conflicting duties on board the U.S.S. George C. Marshall
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross remembers his first time rigging the submarine for dive
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross remembers his interactions with Admiral Hyman G. Rickover
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross recalls his leisure activities on board the U.S.S. George C. Marshall
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes his extra duties on board the U.S.S. George C. Marshall
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross remembers receiving the Golden Dolphin Award
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross talks about his exciting life as a U.S. Navy doctor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross explains joining the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross recalls being featured in Ebony as a black pioneer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross remembers his career path after his patrol in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross remembers working at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes his practice in Oakland, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross reflects on the increase in black orthopedic surgeons
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes his children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes his relationship with his wife, Etna Ross
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross remembers being introduced to jazz music by his cousin, musician Tommy Flanagan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross remembers sharing his father's love of poetry and oration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross talks about cooking as his hobby
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross recalls his fishing trip to the Amazon
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross explains the importance of family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes the biggest medical concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross elaborates on his core values
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dr. William Alexander Jackson Ross narrates his photographs