Robert Warren Ross, 76, Was Investment Specialist

Robert Warren Ross of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Edgartown died on June 16. He was 76.

Mr. Ross was born in Providence, R.I., on June 8, 1928 to Joseph and Shirley Ross. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Boston University in 1950. He worked for the Democratic National Committee after college and enlisted in the United States Air Force in January 1951. One year later he was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Officers Candidate School in San Antonio, Tex., and was commissioned a second lieutenant in June 1952. At that time he married the former Helen Trattner of New York city.

Following the wedding, Lieutenant Ross attended Officers Intelligence School in Denver, Colo. He was eventually assigned to Air Force Security Service and served until June 1955, when he received an honorable discharge as a first lieutenant.

Following his Air Force career, Mr. Ross worked for several New York Stock Exchange firms in the Boston financial district specializing in institutional sales. He was a serious student of the technical aspects of the stock market and over the years contributed regularly to Barron's Financial Weekly and was frequently quoted in The Trader column of that publication. He retired from Shearson Lehman Brothers as a senior vice president/investments in 1990.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross raised their family in Framingham, Massachusetts. Their two sons, Jim and Doug, were graduated from St. Marks School in Southboro and attended Princeton University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, respectively. Mr. Ross was active in town affairs, winning the Republican nomination for selectman in 1965. He was also precinct captain at town meetings for several years, as well as a member of the capital budget committee. During the early 1960s, he served as chairman of the Framingham United Jewish Appeal and was chosen to be a member of the National Young Leadership Council.

Mr. Ross and his wife vacationed on Martha's Vineyard during the 1970s and built a home in Edgartown in 1983. Upon retirement they shared their time between Edgartown and their permanent residence at Worthington Country Club in Bonita Springs, Fla.

He was an avid lover of American history, classical music, golf and tennis, as well as a diehard Red Sox fan for more than 60 years. The couple became charter members of the Farm Neck Golf Club on Martha's Vineyard in 1984. During his time in the Naples area, Mr. Ross led adult study groups in American History at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts.

Mr. Ross is survived by his wife, Helen; his sons and their wives, Jim and Teipa Ross of Windham, Me., and Doug and Robyn Ross of Atlanta, Ga., and his two grandsons, Stephen and Jacob of Atlanta, Ga.; his sister, Meriel Cole of Palm Beach, Fla.; nephew Peter Dwares of San Francisco; niece Kimberly Boucher of Seekonk, and several other nieces and nephews.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers it is requested that any contributions be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.