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John MacNair Rosson

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Rosson John MacNair Age 86 of Washington, D.C., died Saturday, December 7 at Hospice of the Chesapeake, in the Baltimore Washington Medical Center. He was born to the late Leon Glenmore and Dorothy MacNair Rosson on June 29, 1927, in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, Rosson served in the United States Navy at the end of World War II. Upon Honorable Discharge, he went on to attend the University of Maryland, serving as Managing Editor of the school's newspaper, the Diamondback, and graduating with a degree in Journalism in 1951. After graduating from Maryland, Rosson worked for the Evening Capitol in Annapolis covering city and county government and the State House. In 1953 he moved to the Evening Star, later the Washington Star, where for the next 28 years he was a police reporter, nightly news reporter, education reporter covering the District Board of Education, editor of the Star's weekly Teen section, assistant picture editor and picture editor. From 1961 until the Star closed in 1981 he also wrote the Dining Out column. As food critic, his rave review of The Inn at Little Washington just weeks after the restaurant opened in Washington, Virginia, in 1978 virtually put the restaurant on the map for the Washington elite, where it remains today. The article affirmed his discerning palate and status as a reviewer worth the read. In 1982 he joined the staff at the Washington Times as food writer and restaurant columnist. Mr. Rosson retired from The Washington Times in December 1990. While Rosson thrived in hectic Washington, D.C, he also enjoyed his country getaway in Etlan, Virginia. He loved to cook, read, and garden, and was extremely interested in the Rosson family genealogy. Preceding Rosson in death were his parents, Leon and Dorothy Rosson; his four brothers, Edgar, William (Bill), Charles and Walter; and his partner of nearly fifty years, Malcolm Semple. Rosson is survived by five nephews and three nieces: Paul Rosson, of Palm Coast, Florida; Michael Rosson, of Gaithersburg, Maryland; Glenn Rosson, of Seaford, Virginia; Allan Rosson, of Sherman Oaks, California; John Rosson, of Severna Park, Maryland; Rita Rosson, of Encinitas, California; Susan Spain, of Conyers, Georgia; and Carol Jean Smith, of Augusta, West Virginia. He is also survived by numerous grand-nieces and grand nephews. Rosson will be laid to rest in the Etlan Cemetery, Etlan, Virginia. A memorial service will be held on Feb. 1 at 2:30 pm on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, at the Garden Chapel.

Published in Washington Times from Dec. 17, 2013 to Jan. 16, 2014
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