Ross, Captain USNR
(1923 - 2012)
Joseph Edward Ross,
Captain USNR retired, age 89, resident of Palm Coast, Florida, passed
away after a long illness, on Friday, November 23, 2012. He was
born January 12, 1923, in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from St.
Johns University in 1942, he entered active military duty
with the U.S. Navy as ensign in 1943 and served aboard the U.S.S.
Idaho in the Pacific Theater of Operations and was involved in many
decisive battles including Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Philippine
Sea. On coming home from the war, he returned to St. Johns
University and earned his law degree. From 1948 to 1951, he was
in private practice as an attorney in New York City.
In 1951, he was recalled to active duty, rising to the rank of Captain,
and was part of the Navy JAG (Judge Advocate Generals) Corps,
helping to rewrite the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He was
Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General in the Department of Justice
from 1969-1971. He then transferred to the Congressional Research
Service, Library of Congress, becoming head of the American Law
Division, and then Director of CRS from 1986-1993. Well known for
his active involvement in a number of charitable and legal organizations,
Mr. Ross was a past President of the Federal Bar Association, had
served on the governing body of the ABA, and was actively involved
in providing legal assistance to Habitat for Humanity.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Joan, by one daughter,
Patricia, seven sons, Richard, John, Kenneth, Edward, Dennis, Christopher,
and David, 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral
services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, date yet to
be determined. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations
be made to Habitat for Humanity, an organization near and dear to