James H. Ross III Chef, dancer


Memorial services for James H. Ross III, a chef whose many interests included modern dance and fashion designing, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. James Episcopal Church, 1005 W. Lafayette Ave.

Mr. Ross, who lived on Eutaw Place, died Wednesday at Bon Secours Hospital after a long illness. He was 42.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1967 graduate of Forest Park High School and took culinary arts courses at the Community College of Baltimore.

Mr. Ross, known as "Buster," left Baltimore in 1972 to begin work as a chef at the Sheraton Inn in San Francisco.

He later worked at Fisherman's Wharf there and in 1979 came back to Baltimore to work at the Sheraton Inn downtown.

He danced with several modern dance groups in Baltimore and LTC in 1969 choreographed a performance that accompanied the Edwin Hawkins Singers at the Morris Mechanic Theatre.

He is survived by his parents, James H. Ross Jr. and Charlotte Ross of Baltimore; two brothers, Wayne Ross of Baltimore and Vernon Ross of New York City; and two sisters, Margot Crawley and Stacey Ross, both of Baltimore.

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