Ross Reynold Olander, former Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Foster-Miller Associates, Inc. died Wednesday, July 18, in Sandwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, after a long illness at his home in Florida. Ross was born and raised in South Chicago, where he attended Fenger High School. He was graduated from University of Cincinnati in 1965. He was the first co-op engineering student with The Boeing Company in Seattle, and, later, New Orleans. While working there, he met and married Julie Siler of New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans; however, the pursuit of his PhD was interrupted by the Vietnam era draft. He and his wife moved to southern California during his service in the Air Force at SAMSO. In 1970, he joined Foster-Miller Associates, Inc., in the Boston area. Here, he was involved in engineering, sales and executive management of equipment development programs, including huge mining equipment, robotics, and disposable medical products. After 30 years with this company, he retired. Ross and Julie moved to Florida, settling in Fort Myers, then at Bonita Bay in Bonita Springs. He leaves his wife, Julie, a son, Erik, and daughter-in-law, Melissa, a daughter Britt, son-in-law, Dan, and grandchildren, Emery and Vaughn, as well as his brother, Paul. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Honor/Memorial donations be made to: Massachusetts General Hospital massgeneral.org/cancerresearch/support Hospice of Cape Cod, MA hospicecapecod.org Hope Hospice, Bonita Springs, FL hopehospice.org Pancreatic cancer research pancan.org
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Published in Sandwich Broadsider from Aug. 1 to Aug. 8, 2012