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Norman N. Gross

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Gross, Norman N.

Palm Harbor: 90, passed away on October 10, 2013. Born in Rochester, N.Y., he earned his PH.D from the University of Rochester. A lifelong educator and past president of the Rochester Federation of Teachers, he initiated the Urban Suburban Transfer Program in Rochester, one of the 1st voluntary integration programs in the country. He was a founding member of PRIMER (Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting) and was an active member in the Jewish community serving on the boards of several local Jewish organizations. He enjoyed talking on the phone with former students as well as travelling and attending sporting events with his family. He was preceded in death by his soulmate of 54 years, Shirley and by his brother Marvin Gross. Survivors include his children, Deborah A. Gitomer (Steve) and Mark L. Gross (Sharon); grandchildren, Josh Gitomer(Sara), Scott Gross (Katie), Shira Gitomer and Sara Gross; 2 great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Erwin Moss; sisters-in-law, Gladys Moss and Norma Gross; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services to be held on October 11, 2013 at the Sylvan Abbey Cemetery at 2:00 pm. Donations to be made to Temple Ahavat Shalom and the Jewish National Fund. For information, visit

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Oct. 11, 2013
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