International House alumna, professor emerita, and intrepid world traveler, Marion Ross, will be honored as International House Alumna of the Year at the 70th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Gala on April 19, 2001.

        Dr. Ross lived at International House from 1946-’51 during a period fondly remembered by residents of that era as The Golden Age. Dr. Ross recalls, “It was shortly after the end of World War II. Students came to I-House as veterans, resistance fighters, and Holocaust survivors. I think of Lottie, the only one of her family to survive the concentration camps, and Milton, who hiked at night from Tientsin to southern China to enlist in the American army and was later dropped behind enemy lines to gather intelligence. Great friendships were formed. I found here a spirit of optimism and a sense of rebuilding a world for peace.”

        As a resident, Dr. Ross served on the I-House Council and, as an alumna, she was the first woman member of the I-House Finance Committee. Dr. Ross has given 15 years of service to International House, serving as a member of the Board of Directors, Chief Financial Officer, and Chair of the Finance Committee. With Jean Sullivan Dobrzensky, she co-founded the Rafael Rodriguez/Golden Age Scholarship endowment which now totals over half a million dollars and provides full room and board scholarships plus a stipend for two international students.

        After completing her Ph.D. in economics at U.C. Berkeley in 1959, Dr. Ross began teaching at Mills College in Oakland where she was the Kathryn P. Hannam Professor of Economics and served as Dean of Faculty for two years. Dr. Ross retired after more than forty years as a faculty leader and inspirational teacher who touched the lives of thousands of students.

Marion Ross, Alumna of the Year