GROSS, LLOYD JAMES
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Lloyd James Gross, former resident of Dunnellon, beloved husband of Virginia Walker Gross, died on Saturday, October 16th, 2010 at the Hospice of the Upstate, Anderson, South Carolina. He was born in Weehawken, New Jersey to the late Dr. Louis Gross and Rose Carol Barth Gross. From the age of five, he lived in Pittsfield, Massachusetts where he excelled as an athlete in football and track, holding the Western Massachusetts Schoolboy record in the 220 for over 25 years. He was also unofficially clocked in the 100 yard dash at 9.4 seconds, equaling Jesse Owens' world record of the time. He graduated from The Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts, and attended Tufts University.
Lloyd and Ginny retired to the Rainbow Springs Country Club Estates in Dunnellon in 1998 and lived there until 2006. Lloyd loved the Rainbow River and the beautiful horse country around Ocala. They relocated to South Carolina to be closer to their families in the Northeast. While living in Dunnellon, Lloyd recounted his many adventures as a director and producer in television in a column entitled "From the Director's Chair" which appeared in The Citrus County Chronicle.
During World War II he served as a captain in the infantry, and was awarded the Silver Star during the Battle of the Bulge.
After the war, he joined the staff of the fledgling CBS Television Network in New York City where he eventually became a producer-director, working with such luminaries as Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite. He and Yul Brynner shared an office at CBS during Yul's short time as a television director. Lloyd went on to direct any shows during the "Golden Age of TV" including "The Perry Como Show" (for which he as awarded the Michael Award, later known as the Emmy), "The Mel Torme Show" (Mel was the Best Man at his wedding), "Tonight on Broadway", "I Remember Mama", "The Miss America Pageants", "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parades", "What's My Liner, "To ell The Truth", and "Who Do You Trust" with Johnny Carson. After his retirement, he wrote a weekly newspaper column for a major Connecticut newspaper entitled "From The Director's Chair."
He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in New Canaan, Connecticut, The Director's Guild of America, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, and The Touchdown Club in New York City.
In addition to his wife, Ginny, he is survived by hiss n Carey Lloyd Gross and his wife Denise of New York City, his son Jeffrey Lloyd James and his wife Dawn of Jefferson Township. New Jersey, and three grandchildren, Tyler James and Connor James of New Fairfield, Connecticut, and Haley Morgan James of Jefferson ownership. New Jersey. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Margaret Wright, his nieces, Cynthia Wright and Kate Zehnder, his nephew, Dean Robert Wright, and his cousins, Donald Cocker, George Mills and Joyce Owen.
The service and internment will be held at a later date in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. Memorial gifts may be made to The Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, South Carolina, 29621.
Arrangements by Sullivan-King Mortuary, Anderson, SC., www.sullivanking.com
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2010