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April 4, 2002

OBITUARY: Alvin C. (Skip) Gross Jr.

A.C. (Skip) Gross, former administrative director of the Executive M.B.A. program at the Katz Graduate School of Business, died of cancer at his home in Marshall Township. March 23, 2002. He was 65.

A native of Baden, Pa., Gross was a 1958 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served 20 years as a naval aviator/commander before retiring from the service.

Highlights of his military career include serving as a Navy flier monitoring Soviet ship traffic in the Caribbean during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis; serving a tour of duty on the USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin (Vietnam) in 1967, and in 1975 serving as executive officer and, later, commanding officer of Squadron 5 at the Jacksonville Naval Station.

In his 15 years at Pitt, Gross performed many duties in support of the Executive M.B.A. program, including overseeing the annual study visit of program participants to Hong Kong and China, in collaboration with the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Gross retired from Pitt in 1995.

He was a member of the Lions Club and the Bible Baptist Church of Cranberry Township, and president of the Board of Directors of the Marshall Township Sanitary Authority.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.

Gross is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Padezanin); four children, Thomas C. of Economy Boro, Michele A. Babinchak of Philadelphia, John M. of Redmond, Wash., and Paul A. of McCandless; sisters Jeanne Otto and Linda Schweiger, and nine grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Katz school.

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