Gavin Ross, a longtime Executive Director of the McGill Alumni Association — a position he called “the best job at McGill” — has passed away. Ross also served for many years as McGill’s Director of Annual Giving.
In addition to his formal responsibilities, he was active as a tireless supporter of both athletics and jazz at McGill. He traveled the world over in the course of trips organized to raise funds for McGill’s hockey, football and rugby teams, and its jazz band.
Ross was responsible for implementing the Town and Gown reception on campus for the graduating class, and revived the old tradition of an alumni reception before home football games. He befriended many McGill students and made a point of supporting student leaders in their endeavours.
His efforts in the service of McGill and of higher education were recognized on many occasions.
In 1987, for example, he was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in the Graduates’ Society of McGill University (later the McGill Alumni Association). In 1995, Ross was the recipient of a Carol and Stephen Herbert distinguished service award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
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