Peggy Grosberg Ross died from COVID-19 on January 23, 2021 at the age of 90.
She was passionate about making a positive impact in this world and modeled charity, devotion, and compassion. Peggy was raised in a loving family that had a long tradition of giving back to St. Louis, and married Donald Ross, PhD in 1950. They raised their daughter and “spent their lives dedicated to furthering education, helping the needy, traveling to all parts of the world together and happily cruising the Mississippi River on their houseboat.”
Peggy’s true calling in life was philanthropy and making life better for others, and she inarguably succeeded at that. After surviving a near death experience in a fire, Peggy created the Edna Malen Scholarship Fund for the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College (Edna Malen was the lead burn nurse who saved Peggy’s life). In 55 years, the scholarship has helped many nurses to graduate.
Her generosity extended to the Jewish Hospital (BJC) where she became a lifelong member of the Auxiliary that raised millions of dollars for clinical development programs. Many of the campaigns were led by her. Her fundraising skills also benefitted the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis where she spent nearly 25 years as an active supporter, board member and advisor and was instrumental in leading programs to provide interest free loans to college-bound students. These were based solely on qualifications and need; not race, religion or gender.
She was very proud of the Jewish Federation’s Grosberg award, given to young leaders in the St. Louis Jewish Community. This award was created in honor of her parents David and Roselin Grosberg. In 2004 she was honored for her lifetime of commitment by being named one of St. Louis’ Women of Achievement. She became active in that outstanding organization that recognizes women in the community who’ve distinguished themselves by unselfishly giving with no thought of reward.”Peggy Ross obituary at Dignity Memorial
Peggy Grosberg Ross is missed deeply by her daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends, acquaintances, community, and everyone whose lives were made a little better because of her humanitarian and philanthropic work.