Charles Ross, engineer, winning dog breeder


Charles Perry Ross, a retired engineer and former championship dog breeder, died May 24 at his Towson home after a nearly five-year battle with lung cancer.

The 74-year-old Sparrows Point native took courses in electrical and mechanical engineering at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Maryland Institute after his 1937 graduation from Sparrows Point High School.

He worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. before going to the New York area during World War II to be a field inspector for Western Electric Co. Returning to Baltimore after the war, he worked for Bendix Corp. and then American Totalisator Co. for about 20 years until his retirement in 1982.

He went back to work part time, as an inspector of government contracts at Technigraphics of Maryland in Towson until 1991.

rTC During the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Ross and his wife, the former Geraldine "Gerrie" Burns, earned ribbons, awards and trophies as breeders and trainers of Dandie Dinmont terriers. In 1967, at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden, the Rosses were awarded Best Brace in Show with two of their dogs, Coorie and Clyde.

Mr. Ross served in various capacities with several Middle Atlantic-area kennel clubs.

He belonged to Towson Elks Lodge No. 469 and the Mount Moriah Lodge of the Masons.

Mrs. Ross, his wife of 22 years, died of cancer in 1984.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at the Towson Elks Lodge.

Mr. Ross is survived by a son, Charles "Chip" Ross of Ukiah, Calif.; his companion, Mildred H. Davis, and her daughter, Sylvia A. LeCompte, with whom he shared an apartment; and several nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made to the St. Joseph Hospital Home Hospice Program, 7620 York Road, Towson 21204.

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