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Catherine Louise ROSS
CATHERINE LOUISE SHELDRICK ROSS Catherine Louise Sheldrick Ross died peacefully in London, on September 11, 2021, following biliary cancer at 75 years of age. She was predeceased by her husband, George, and survived by her son, Jacob Ross; her daughter, Sarah Ross; her son-in-law, Zachary Wills; and her grandsons, Finley, Beckett and Cormac Wills. Catherine Ross, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was born on November 4, 1945, to Russell and Elsie Sheldrick in London, Ontario. She studied at the University of Western Ontario (BA, PhD, MLIS) and the University of Toronto (MA). She continued at the University of Western Ontario as a Professor, and later as Dean, in what is now the Faculty of Information and Media Studies. Her research focused on the experience of readers, on reference services and readers' advisory, and on Canadian literature, particularly the works of Alice Munro. She is the author of numerous scholarly books as well as four children's books. Her research on reading for pleasure grew out of her own lifelong passion for reading. Beginning with the nightly reading of stories to her children, and later to her grandchildren, she spread this love of books and of learning to the whole family. She was also a great lover of nature. She travelled the world by backpack and enjoyed camping and canoeing in the Ontario wilderness, which she did nearly every summer for five decades. She also loved hiking the Camino and the Bruce Trail, often accompanied by her dog, Ruby and later, Blue. Her family, friends, colleagues and students will remember her as someone who combined selfless generosity with unfailing strength and courage. We will miss her greatly. A private funeral will be conducted at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, London on Saturday, September 25 at 11:00 a.m. There will also be a Zoom broadcast. Please email the funeral home at [email protected] for an invitation. All are invited that day to an outdoor Celebration of Life at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre for a light lunch from 12-2 p.m.; registration is required for this event and details are available at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bruce Trail Conservancy to support a land trust for the protection of natural areas on the Niagara Escarpment, to the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) at UWO to support graduate education in Library and Information Science, or a charity of your choice.
Published by The Globe and Mail from Sep. 14 to Sep. 18, 2021.
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Reading Catherine's research inspired me to get a PhD, because it showed me that I could do research on readers and reader's advisory. Her influence is vast and will continue!
Sarah Evans
September 25, 2021
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