Alumni

Biography

Stephan Ross (RUP ’59), born Szmulek Rozental in Lodz, Poland in 1931, is a survivor of the World War II Holocaust, having endured ten concentration camps in five years. He arrived in the United States in 1948 through the U.S. Government Committee for WWII Orphaned Children, determined to better himself and the world. After getting a BA in Sociology from Goddard, Ross earned an MA in Psychology from Boston University in 1962 and worked for almost 50 years as a counselor for disadvantaged youth in Boston. Owing in no small part to Ross’s efforts, SAT fee waivers are now a nationwide program of the College Board. Beginning in the late 1980s, working with then Boston Mayor Ray Flynn, Stephan raised more than $14 million from public and private entities to erect the New England Holocaust Memorial and World War II Veterans Memorial.