In Memoriam -- Ross J. Pritchard (PC-Turkey Director)
Sept. 3, 1924 - July 8, 2020
Ross J. Pritchard, age 95, of Fayetteville, Ark., died at the
Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Ark., on July 8, 2020. He was born
September 3, 1924, in Paterson, N.J. His wife, Louise Dean and his sons
Michael Gregg Pritchard and Russell Calhoun Gregg, preceded him in death. He
is survived by his brother, Edward Pritchard and his wife Pat of Dothan,
Ala.; his daughters, Irene Pritchard and her husband Thomas Brown of
Fayetteville, Ark., Fereshteh Richard of Fayetteville, Ark.; and his sons,
Vol Pritchard, Mehran Pritchard of Fayetteville, Ark., and Ross Pritchard
Jr. and his wife Becky of Wellsville, Kan. His grandchildren Emily and Letty
Pritchard-Brown, Matt and Jennifer Pritchard, Persia Phelps, Lafayette
Richard, Irene M. Pritchard and Cora Rich and seven great-grand children
also survive him.
Ross was a WWII Navy Veteran. He received both undergraduate
and graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas and lettered in
Football and Track. He also received graduate and doctorial degrees from the
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Ross started his academic career at Rhodes College in
Memphis, Tenn., where he established their Department of International
Studies. During the sixties, Ross served in successive positions as the
Peace Corps Representative in Turkey and as their Regional Director of the
Far East. Upon his return to the States in the early seventies, Ross resumed
his academic career as the President of Hood College in Frederick, Md.
Through the eighties Ross continued his leadership role in academia with
successive tenures as the President of Arkansas State University and the
Chancellor of Denver University. Looking back on his full, varied and
eventful life Ross would muse that he might have been equally contented
being a fishing guide on the White River.
Memorial Services will be scheduled for a future post
Covid-19 date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial gifts
be sent to the Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Arkansas
72767. Arrangements are under the direction of Moore's Chapel in
Fayetteville. To leave an online tribute, visit www.mooresfuneralchapel.com.
-- Published July 15, 2020 in the Northwest Arkansas
See also the
article written by Bill Bowden in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette