Susan Julia Ross, 1943-2017


Susan Julia Ross

Passed away November 5, 2017 after a valiant battle with leukemia. She was born July 25, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA and was raised in a single parent home in poverty. Through her intellect, dedication to hard work and drive to achieve, she earned full scholarships to the University of Pennsylvania graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy and to the University of Pennsylvania Law School again graduating magna cum laude (2 years Law Review) specializing in Tax, Trusts and Estates. Following Law School, she was awarded a Thouron Fellowship to study legal philosophy at Oxford University in England where she also met and be-came friends with Bill Clinton and later Hillary. After Oxford, she received a grant to study the Swedish judicial system at Stockholm University where she became fluent in Swedish. Returning to New York City, she joined the law firm of Dewey, Ballantine on Wall Street and was elected to the exclusive Am College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

On a ski trip to Taos, NM she fell in love with the beautiful ski valley and vibrant, artistic community and made an unconventional move to join a single person law firm and practiced there for twenty years. Susan was made an assistant professor and taught at the Law School of Oregon but her heart was in Taos and she returned to channel her energy to her law practice, skiing, tennis, scuba, windsurfing, horse-back riding and eventually golf. Susan served on the multi-billion dollar Beneficial Corp and as Trustee of the Millicent Rogers museum and was invited to participate in the Salzburg Seminars also visiting Israel and Egypt, I met Susan at the Biltmore Golf Resort when she visited Phoenix for a friend's wedding and as fate so often shines, she joined our three-some. I was smitten and convinced Susan to move to Phoenix where she joined the firm of Brown and Bain. We were engaged in a small ski hut on the slopes of Val d'Isere in the French Alps and married in the Hawaiian Isles over-looking Sweetheart Rock. We were fortunate to travel the world skiing throughout the U.S. and Europe, cruising Baltic, African Safaris, Victoria Falls, South America, Iguazu Falls, wine country of Mendoza, driving the Andes, the Straits of Magellan and Cape Hom, Antarctic, the Galapagos, the Amazon, etc.

Susan passed away peacefully in hospice in my arms, smothered with love and kisses. She was a remarkable lady and will be remembered for her intellect, breadth of knowledge, love of art, creativity and unselfish love of people, animals and wildlife, supporting many charities. She will be missed tremendously and will leave a huge void. Those interested in learning more of Susan's life and accomplishments as well as see a pictorial perspective and posting a memory are invited to go to the website Survivors: Husband Gary L. Waddington, M.D., Stepchildren Erin Waddington (Kristin), Sara Korolevich (Ivan), Ryan Waddington (Celia), Grandchildren Ian, Alexander, Anya, Wyatt Holliday.


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