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Guest Speaker: Ken Ross

October 12, 2013

Photographer, Son of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross,and founder of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation, with which he works to help manage his mother's legacy.

Ken Ross, son of Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (deceased), pioneering legend in hospice and bereavement education in the United States, and noted author of 22 books in 34 languages about death and dying, and Dr. Emanuel "Manny" Ross, was the principal care provider for his mother in the last 9 years of her life.

Ken was born in New York City in 1960. In 1962 the family moved to Denver, CO, and in 1965, they moved again, traveling to Chicago, where his mother became an assistant professor of psychiatry as well as assistant director of psychiatric consultation and liaison services for the University of Chicago, and Kenneth spent the rest of his primary and high school years there.

After high School, Ken traveled for a while and then attended Boston University and Franklin College, receiving his BA degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in International Economics and Political Science.

He eventually began his photography career while residing in Sydney, Australia in 1985. His work has taken him to more than ninety-two countries, including 57 trips to Europe. In 2008 alone, he worked in Japan, The Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Yemen, Dubai, Oman, Ukraine, and Romania, among others. Ross has tens of thousands of images on file with a number of stock photo agencies around the world including Viesti Associates.

His photographs have also appeared in several books published in the U.S. & Europe, including his own book project, Real Taste of Life. His work has been exhibited around the world and his work has been featured in many journals and periodicals. He has actively worked with Through Each Others Eyes, an Arizona not-for-profit corporation, whose goal is to promote international understanding via the medium of photography.

He settled in Arizona when his father became ill and moved to Arizona in the 1980s.....He cared for his father until he passed in 1992. In 1994 he brought his mother to Arizona after her house had been burned down in Virginia. Once she was settled in, she suffered a series of strokes which were debilitating. Kenneth cared for her until she passed in August 2004.

Before she moved to Arizona, Elisabeth had hired 13 people to take care of her mail, schedule, books, etc, and when she arrived in Arizona, everything was suddenly left on Ken’s shoulders. It was a shocking revelation to him that now he was responsible for all this. He took control and began to really know who his mother was and continues to be.

In 2005, Ken founded the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation to continue to support her work and he served as President until recently. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors and his responsibilities include handling over 80 publishers of Dr. Ross’s work, public relations, archiving her video and audio recordings, as well as preserving her research papers. While growing up, he traveled with her extensively while on her numerous foreign trips, witnessing her lectures and workshops. Ken made a series of lectures about his mother for hospices around the country in 2009.

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*“We were honored to welcome Ken Ross as our Dinner Gala Speaker at our symposium, Hand in Hand 2009.  He engaged our audience in a way that few can, with a tenderness and passion that both touched and energized all who were fortunate enough to be in attendance.”
*-Lisa Curran Parenteau, BA, LMT; Marketing and Training Consultant - Center for Compassionate Touch LLC

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