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Distinguished Professor of Humanics: Jean Ross 1984-1985

Jean Ross 1985

Title of Humanics Lecture
A Century of Humanics and Humanism at Springfield College 

Earned Degrees
Doctor of Education, University of Massachusetts (1977)
Master of Science, Springfield College (1963)
Bachelor of Arts, Trinity College (1962)

Final Title at Springfield College
Professor of Biology


Dr. Ross began her teaching career in the Springfield Public Schools and went on to get a master’s degree at SC. She took courses with Dr. Walter English and “fell under the SC spell”. After obtaining her masters degree she began as a biology graduate teaching fellow and while teaching at SC, eventually sent on to complete her doctorate in 1978. Dr. Ross was the Distinguished Professor of Humanics during an especially important year, as it was the Centennial of Springfield College.

In her lecture Ross made a point of looking at Humanics from a scientist’s point of view, and how the sciences are essential to understand one side of the triangle, the body, to explore the biological and chemical basis of the actions of the mind, and to contribute to the survival of the spirit of man. After 25 years teaching at SC, Dr. Ross retired in 1985  and was a co-founder of SC’s Learning in Later Life program that engaged older adults in continuing education. She died in 2017.