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Virginia F. Ross, PH.D.
MIDDLETOWN - Virginia F Ross, Ph.D.,

83, of Valley Road, Middletown, RI, died on Saturday, October 1, 2011.
Born in Queens, NY on November 9, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Charles Franklin and Mary (Zaniewski) Franklin.
Virginia grew up in Queens, NY. She graduated from MIT with her PhD in Chemistry and Earth Sciences. From 1954 to 1957 she was a research associate in Earth Sciences at Harvard University.
She retired to Middletown in 1995 and was active in volunteering at Salve Regina. Dr. Ross was known for her interest in the conservation of natural preserves, and in the 1970s was President of the Boston Mycological Society.
Her son Robert K. Ross of Palm Springs, CA, a sister Claire Born of Hudson, NH, her brother Robert Franklin of North Carolina, and her former husband John Ross of Palo Alto, CA survive her.
Her daughter Elizabeth Ross Carey precedes her in death.
Services at this time are private.
Information and directions are available at www.memorialfuneralhome.com
Funeral arrangements are by Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport, RI.

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