Longtime VT writer Sherwood Ross has passed at 85

Award-winning VT reporter Sherwood Ross (1933-2018) has passed on to the next expose story

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Journalist Sherwood Ross, who handled publicity for civil rights leader James Meredith's 1966 "March Against Fear" and tended to the civil rights leader's wounds after he was shot, has died at 85.

Sherwood (1933-2018) was a kind gentle soul who dedicated his life to doing good.  He posted on VT for 9 years; from April 2, 2007 until July 7, 2016.

Sherwood Ross was an award-winning reporter. He served in the U.S Air Force where he contributed to his base newspaper. He later worked for The Miami Herald and Chicago Daily News. He contributed a weekly column on working for a major wire service. He was also an editorial and book publicist. He resided in Florida.

He passed away June 21st from complications due to a brain injury he sustained in 2016.

His last article was published on July 7, 2016. This was at the time of his accident and shows how he was active and expressive to the last moment. He made such an big positive impact with his activism for civil and human rights. His impact is highlighted in obituaries that are being published and how his memory is being shared and perpetuated in his home town of Miami, Florida and throughout the country.

Here are links to published articles about Sherwood’s passing:

It is interesting to note that Sherwood’s “hit” song “I Sliced Pastrami for the C.I.A.” resides in the Smithsonian Folkways folk archives!

A prolific writer, he published so many worthwhile, passionate articles on the VT.

Sherwood Ross running on the track after son, Karl, finished a race. Provided by Karl Ross

A public tribute to Sherwood is being held at the Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida on August 16th.  He was admired, respected and well-liked among the political activists, folk singers and poets in the Miami community.

Truly, he is already missed. VT is lessor today than when Sherwood was on top of things. There is no replacement for a Sherwood Ross; just an unfulfilled hole. VT will keep up the good effort in his memory always.

Thank you Sherwood

From all of us at VT…… missing you!

Read Latest Articles by Sherwood Ross

8 COMMENTS

  1. I reviewed a few of his articles.

    Truly a gentle soul, the world will be darker with his absence.

    May Sherwood Ross rest in peace, and may his family be blessed with strength and courage during this tribulation.

    His work lives on.

  2. Sean Ross, one of Sherwoods sons, mentions through Ross on Radio, that his Dad worked on several R and B radio stations with the Sonderling Group. His song I Sliced Pastrami for the CIA And Found God was aired, at least once, on the Dr. Demento Show. With all his great accomplishments in Civil Rights, Journalism and Broadcast Marketing, he was also pretty cool.

    • “Whether it be by the decree of Fate or Circumstance or Death, there must come an end to every joy. There must come a time when the standard-bearer must release his fingers from the banner that he had so ardently striven to hold aloft, when he must pass the banner to other hands, reluctant to give it up but confident that strong and willing hands will keep it afloat and speed it forward until still other hands clutch it. That runs the eternal cycle. We are proud that the banner still floats, that it goes ever forward.” — quote from Lou Bell, newspaper editor, PSU ’29