Former Newseum Editor Donald Ross Dies

Donald Ross and Sharon Shahid

Donald Ross and Sharon Shahid working on the development of the News Corporation News History Gallery at the Newseum offices in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 4, 2005. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)

The Newseum and Newseum Institute today mourn the loss of Donald Ross, a writer and editor who shaped some of the Newseum’s major galleries and exhibits.

Ross died Nov. 26, 2016, at his home in Madison, Va. He was 68. Ross came to the Freedom Forum, the organization that funds the Newseum, in 1998 and worked in publications and then exhibit development at the Newseum.

While at the Newseum, Ross co-wrote the content in the News Corporation News History Gallery and the Bancroft Family Ethics Center. He also led the Journalists Memorial committee, which each year recognizes journalists who die while reporting the news. Ross also co-wrote the popular FBI exhibit that opened in 2008, and remains on display.

Ross enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1968 and served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. He was honorably discharged as a corporal. That experience helped him shape the Newseum’s 2001 exhibit, “War Stories,” on display at the Newseum’s former location in Arlington, Va.

He left the Newseum in 2008 and worked as an editor at the U.S. Naval Institute in Annapolis, Md. In retirement, Ross volunteered at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va. Previously, Ross was an editor at USA TODAY, the national newspaper, and the Statesman Journal, in Salem, Ore.

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4 thoughts on “Former Newseum Editor Donald Ross Dies

  1. Brian: You have it right. Don was all of those things – a colleague in whom you could depend to do the right thing, in the right way. A true professional, who served his nation ably both as a Marine and as a journalist.

  2. This is so sad. May Don rest in peace. He was a neighbor in Springfield, VA, besides being a good friend and a great colleague from the early glorious days at USA TODAY.
    I mourn him. My condolences to his family.

  3. I’m saddened and shocked to hear this news as we just spoke the day before Thanksgiving. So sorry Lynn.
    Rest In Peace big fella- we love you.
    Deirdre and Selwyn

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