Fonds AR111 - Bill Ross fonds

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Bill Ross fonds

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  • 1950-1997 (Creation)
    Ross, Bill

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73 cm of textual records
450 slides : 35mm
15 prints

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Dr. William M. Ross was born in Vancouver, B.C. He finished a BEd at the University of British Columbia in 1967 with 1st Class Honours and received his MA at the University of Toronto shortly after. Ross then attended the University of Washington in Seattle to pursue a PhD, completing his doctorate in 1972 with his dissertation "Oil Spillage and Pollution in the Gulf of Georgia and Puget Sound". He taught for a year at Kent State University in Ohio in 1972, and spent the next year teaching in New Jersey at Rutgers University. Despite his short term at both of these universities, he nevertheless served in various committees for each year he taught.

Dr. Ross came to the University of Victoria’s Department of Geography in 1974. In addition to his teaching and research he served as co-operative education coordinator, undergraduate advisor, and chaired the Faculty Curriculum Committee as well as the Academic Standards Committee in the Department. Ross passed away when he was 43 years old due to illness. He bequeathed 55% of his residuary estate to UVic for the benefit of undergraduate Geography students, allowing the creation of the Ross Geography Scholarships.

Throughout his career, Ross published numerous journal articles, newspaper articles, book reviews, and conference presentations. His main area of expertise was in natural resource management, with focuses on fisheries, water resources, and oil spills.

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Material acquired from Bill Ross in 1991.

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This fonds consists of materials Ross accumulated during his academic career, predominantly from when he worked at UVic. These records include drafts of his papers and publications, slides and lecture material, research notes, and records related to his roles in the Geography Department.

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Publications by Ross, amongst others, include:

Ross, W. M. (1973). Oil pollution as an international problem: A study of Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia. University of Victoria, Dept. of Geography.

Mercure Jr., D. & William M. Ross, W. M. The Wilderness Act: A Production of Congressional Compromise. In R. A. Cooley and G. Wandesforde-Smith (Eds.), Congress and Environment. (pp. 47-64). Seattle and London: University of Washington Press.

Ross, W. M. (1979). Fisheries. In C. N. Forward (Ed.). Vancouver Island: Land of Contrasts. (pp. 177-189). Western Geographical Series, v. 17.

Ross, W. M. (1967). A Prospective Teacher’s View on Geography in British Columbia Schools. Explorations, 7 (June). pp. 36-38.

Ross, W. M., Wolff, D. & McComas, T. (November 26). Statement to the West Coast Oil Port Inquiry. Report prepared for the West Coast Oil Port Inquiry and submitted to the Commissioner, Dr. A. Thompson, in Sooke, B.C.

Ruff, N. J. & Ross, W. M. (1987 July 8). People and Electoral Districts. Written brief to the British Columbia Royal Commission on Electoral Boundaries, Judge T. Fisher, Commissioner in Victoria, B.C.

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Created 2023-06-26

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