In Memory

Emrys John "Chook" Ross - Class Of 1930

Emrys J. Ross (forever "Chook" to his family and close friends), died peacefully on October 31, 2008 at the Californian in Pasadena where he had been convalescing for some time.

Emrys was born on December 20, 1912 in Caldwell, Idaho.  While still a child, his piano-selling father and his mother moved the family to South Pasadena, California where Emrys and his two brothers, Bob and Lew, grew up.  Emrys was a graduate of South Pasadena High School and briefly attended UC Berkeley before returning to Southern California to finish his law degree at USC.  He became a member of the California State Bar in 1936 and continued in active practice until he was almost 90.  For many years, he headed the eminent Pasadena law firm of Ross, Woodson, Millard & Ryburn.  Thereafter, for a time, he worked in downtown Los Angeles at Adams, Duque & Hazeltine after that firm merged with his Pasadena offices.  Emrys spent his last few years of practice as of counsel with the Pasadena firm of Hahn & Hahn.  For all his 54 years of practice, his focus was estate planning and probate law.

Emrys was a life-long resident of the Pasadena area and a long time member of the Valley Hunt Club.  Emrys cherished Joanne, his wife of over 40 years, who predeceased him in 1986 as did his loving son Richard who died in 2006.  Emrys married again, to Catherine Austin, a fellow graduate of South Pasadena High School, with whom he was married at his death.

Emrys is survived by his loving wife and high school sweetheart Catherine (SPHS '30), his younger brother Lewis (SPHS '38), four of his children; Steve, Nancy, Terry, and Melissa, and their spouses, and his six grandchildren, Jason, Lori, Ian, Megan, Sherry, and Cindy; as well as his loving great-grandchildren.  He will forever be remembered by his community, friends, and family as a wonderful man and a great teacher of life's lessons.

Pasadena Star-News, November 9, 2008