The Society is saddened to hear of the death of John Ross, ex-Auditor who was an esteemed and influential Dublin solicitor and a Trinity representative in the Seanad. In his Hist maiden speech he opposed the motion that ‘The Soldier is the maker of History’ and in January 1940 proposed a United States of Europe, he proposed welcoming a University Union and opposed the motion ‘That Life is not worth living’. He was elected Auditor for the academic year 1942-43.
Then, in November 1942, after a successful Opening meeting, he caused a minor sensation by resigning to join the British army. He enlisted in the Irish Guards and saw service in France and Belgium during the final year of hostilities. He returned to Trinity to complete his history degree and went on to take the post-graduate LLB. He spent three months on the Blasket Islands in 1950 to learn enough Irish to pass the testing examination to qualify as a solicitor.
Charles Lysaght wrote in the Sunday Independent that ‘his conviction that the religious minority must play a part in Irish public life led him to seek election to Seanad Eireann representing the university. As Senator he took issue with local authorities who refused to make their scholarships tenable at Trinity. He described the business methods of the ESB as autocratic and questioned their decision to demolish the Georgian buildings on Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Street.’
The Society wishes to pass on its regards to John’s late wife, Rubel Ross and his children, Barbara Ann, Pippa and Shane Ross TD.
- Ursula Ní Choill, Auditor