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American priest and social work educator Daniel Ross dies at 83

2017/07/22 22:27:09

(File photo courtesy of New Taipei City government)

Taipei, July 22 (CNA) Daniel Ross (羅四維), an American priest and pioneer in the field of social work education in Taiwan, died at the age of 83 at a hospital in New Taipei City on Saturday, the Society of Jesus, Chinese Province, said Saturday.

Ross, a former director of Fu Jen Catholic University's Department of Sociology, passed away at Cardinal Tien Hospital, according to the society, also known as the Jesuits.

His death followed that of two other Jesuit priests in Taiwan -- American George Martinson (丁松筠), who passed away in May, and Canadian Georges-Etienne Beauregard (華思儉), who died last week.

Born in Wisconsin in 1933, Ross arrived in Taiwan in 1960 and began teaching Chinese in Hsinchu and English in Changhua. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1966.

He returned to the United States to study sociology and after receiving a PhD from the University of Notre Dame in 1972, he returned to Taiwan to chair the sociology department of Fu Jen Catholic University.

Ross, whose teaching career spanned five decades, was a pioneer in social work education in Taiwan, the Jesuits said, praising his contribution to the improvement of Taiwan's social welfare system and to the quality and professionalism of social work in the country.

Some of Ross' students are now county magistrates, politicians, college presidents and company executives.

His humanitarian work also extended to Southeast Asia. In Cambodia, for example, Ross raised funds to purchase computers and build a school.

New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) presented Ross with Taiwanese citizenship documents at the hospital on July 14, in recognition of the priest's stellar contribution to Taiwan.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Christie Chen)