Joseph Emmanuel Gross "Joe", 72, a resident of Annapolis since February 1973, died February 13 at Anne Arundel Medical Center due to cardiac arrest. Born December 9, 1940 in Philadelphia, PA, Joe attended Temple University, then he joined the U.S. Navy in Navy Intelligence at Pearl Harbor. The Navy sent him for studies in Asian culture as part of his intelligence post. Joe served in the Navy from 1962 to 1966 during the Vietnam war. After his service in the Navy, he continued his studies on his own and graduated from University of Hawaii with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Joe started covering sports at Bucks County Courier Times then arrived in Annapolis in February 1973 and started working at the Capital as an associate sports editor. He retired in November 2007 as the sports editor. Joe was named Sportswriter of the Year for Maryland by the National Sportscasters and Sportwriters three times - 1998, 2001 and 2006. He won three Associated Press Mark Twain Best Writing Awards for both sports and feature writing and numerous other writing awards. He received the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Award in 2005 and the 2010 Bob Pascal Award for contributing to interscholastic sports from the Anne Arundel County Coaches Association. His job let him meet many athletes, as well as leaders in the community, the state and the nation, including several past presidents. Joe was active in the arts such as the Annapolis Fine Arts Foundation, Annapolis Opera Board and the Children's Theatre of Annapolis Board; was a founding member of Congregation Kol Ami (now Congregation Kol Shalom); and served on the board of the Annapolis Boys and Girls Club and the Annapolis Touchdown Club, where he was president in 1983. Joe enjoyed working crossword puzzles, watching quiz shows and reading history. He wrote a book on Navy athlete and astronaut, Willie McCool, and had almost finished a fictional piece about a detective. Joe is survived by his wife, Susan Cloud Gross, whom he married October 11, 1975; son, Max Gross of College Park; daughter, Mara Alissa Archer of Tucson, AZ; brother, Jonathan Frank Gross (Gloria Watkins) of Cornwells Heights, PA; sister, Diane Levin (Murray) of Cornwells Heights, PA; brother-in-law, Rob Cloud (Connie) of Heath, Texas; sister-in-law, Patti Macmanus (Tim) of Plano, Texas; father-in-law, Al Cloud of Dallas, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Monday February 18 at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc., 147 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis. Funeral will be held 12 Noon, Tuesday, February 19 at Congregation Kol Shalom 1909 Hidden Meadow Lane, Annapolis. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis Online condolences may be made to www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Capital on Feb. 15, 2013