Academic Staff Assembly Document #446
13 December 2010
Memorial Resolution of the Academic Staff Assembly of the University of Wisconsin-Madison
On the Death of Susan M. Ross, former Assistant Dean in the College of Letters and Science’s Student Academic Affairs.
A distinguished researcher and administrative colleague, Susan M. Ross died on September 27, 2010 at the age of 66 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital following a long struggle with cancer.
Susan received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1966, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining the College of Letters & Science’s Student Academic Affairs as an Assistant Dean, Susan M. Ross was a Lecturer and Research Associate in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During this time, she co-authored several articles examining eye movements and reaction to stimuli. She was an excellent researcher, pilot and photographer as well as an administrator. As an Assistant Dean, she worked closely with faculty in the College of Letters and Science in mentoring students in the Honors program and enriching their experiences on campus. As deputy Assistant Dean in Academic Student Affairs, she was a key anchor in a very busy office and served as a leader in student academic affairs during some very difficult times. She was a talented administrator who was highly regarded among the community at large.
In 1992, along with her husband Professor Leonard Ross, she left to assume a position at the Center for Aviation/Aerospace Research at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach Florida. Her research there, co-authored with her husband, brought significant improvements to the safety of air travelers. Her work centered on alcohol use in aviation. Her final paper published in 1995 was titled “Professional Pilots’ Views of Alcohol Use in Aviation and the Effectiveness of Employee-Assistance Programs” in the International Journal of Aviation Psychology.
Susan M. Ross returned to Madison, Wisconsin, after retiring and to be closer to her loving children and family.