Ridley Joseph Gros PhD, 72, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born June 9, 1941, in Klotzville, was a native of Donaldsonville, and resident of Thibodaux.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until funeral time Tuesday at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Thibodaux. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church, with burial in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Kathleen Dolese, of Thibodaux; four daughters, Felicia Gros Cowen and husband, Dr. Todd Cowen, of Thibodaux, Gabrielle Gros Erny and husband, Chris Erny, of Houma, Monique Gros Callagy and husband, Scott Callagy, of Dallas, Texas, and Mignonne Claire Gros, of Austin, Texas; eight wonderful grandchildren, Caitlin, Emily, and Max Cowen, Jackson, Clinton, and Colin Erny, and Kathleen and Brooke Callagy; and his brother and sister-in-law, Marvin and Myra Gros, of Donaldsonville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ridley John Gros and Ezal Marie Daigle Gros, of Donaldsonville.
His career spanned 36 years at Nicholls State University (NSU), where he served as Dean of the College of Business and also as Vice-President. The proudest accomplishment of his career at NSU was being granted the initial and subsequent accreditations of the NSU College of Business by the AACSB. He also served on the AACSB National Accreditation team for Colleges and Universities.
He was an active member of the Thibodaux Rotary Club
where he achieved perfect attendance for 42 consecutive years, and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. He served as President of the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce, Thibodaux Rotary Club, and the Southwestern Dean's Association. He was named Dean Emeritus at NSU. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Nicholls Alumni Federation, the Frank Kennedy Citizen of the Year Award from the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce, the Lifetime Achievement award from the Federation of Business Disciplines, and the Bishops' Medal for service to the church from the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux. Dr. Gros served on the Board of Directors of Assumption Bank, LAT Workforce Investment and the South Louisiana Economic Council.
He was an avid gardener and spent his retirement hours enjoying his beautiful backyard. He also was an accomplished chef and wine connoisseur and created many gourmet meals enjoyed by his large family and friends. Those were his favorite times.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ridley Joseph Gros Scholarship Fund. Checks may be made payable to the NSU Foundation, Re: Dr. Ridley Gros Scholarship in Business and sent to the College of Business, P.O. Box 2015, Thibodaux, LA 70310.
Landry's Funeral Home in Thibodaux is in charge of arrangements.