Coleman D. Ross

UNC and Other Professorships, Fellowships, and Scholarships

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

— Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill

Carol Morde Ross Endowed
UNC School of Nursing logoDistinguished Professorship in
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

“Carol Ross' life work has focused on alleviating the suffering associated with psychiatric illness and mental health challenges. As an advanced practice nurse, she saw patients in private practice for many years. In her current community work, she remains committed to assuring that care is provided to the homeless population in Chapel Hill and that both their physical and emotional health needs are addressed. With a deep desire to assure that the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina continues to prosper, Carol, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, UNC '64, and her husband Coleman, UNC '65, created the Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professorship in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing.

“The professorship will enhance psychiatric nursing care, advanced psychiatric nursing practice and the future development of the psychiatric nursing workforce. It will play a pivotal role in preparing the next generation of psychiatric-mental health advanced practice nurses, and will be the first of its kind in North Carolina focusing on psychiatric-mental health nursing advanced practice and education.

“The Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professorship in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing is awarded to a faculty member in the School of Nursing who is a psychiatric-mental health nursing leader and practices in North Carolina. The selected candidate will be committed to improving access to mental health care; ensuring the education of psychiatric-mental health advance practice nursing; and furthering health policy that supports psychiatric-mental health nursing practice, and thus the care of those individuals and families with psychiatric illnesses.”

UNC Kenan Flagler logoDr. Harold Q. Langenderfer
Endowed Professorship in Accounting

Harold Langenderfer
Harold Langenderfer

Dr. Harold Q. Langenderfer

Photo courtesy of the American Accounting Association

“The Dr. Harold Q. Langenderfer Endowed Professorship in Accounting was established in 2015 by Coleman D. Ross, BSBA '65, to provide support and recognition to a top faculty member in UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School accounting department. Dr. Langenderfer was one of the esteemed accounting professors during Coleman's time at the Business School and was admired by his students over his 40 years at the school.

“Dr. Langenderfer, an Ohio native, served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945 in the U.S. and Okinawa, Japan. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, Ohio, and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. After receiving a doctorate from Indiana University in 1953, he accepted a position at the UNC School of Business where he rose to full professor as the KPMG Chaired Professor of Accounting and had a distinguished 40-year career before retiring in 1993. He died at age 80 in 2006.

“In addition to being a teacher and mentor to thousands of UNC students, Dr. Langenderfer was also an influence on other national accounting educators and practitioners. Dr. Langenderfer served the accounting profession as president of both the American Accounting Association and the North Carolina Association of CPAs, as a member of the American Institute of CPAs Governing Council, and on the North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners.

“Dr. Langenderfer was the author or co-author of several books on financial accounting, federal income taxation, management accounting, professional ethics, and the history of accounting education that have been widely used by colleges and universities throughout the U.S. In addition, he also published numerous articles in accounting and ethics journals.

“Dr. Langenderfer received the American Institute of CPAs' Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education award, as just the fourth recipient of that honor and in national recognition of his excellence in teaching and his prominence in the accounting profession. He also received the American Accounting Association's Accounting Exemplar award, recognizing his notable contributions to professionalism and ethics in accounting education.

“Professorship recipients will exemplify Dr. Langenderfer's traits, leadership, and characteristics and be a leader in their field of study or research. Recipients of the professorship will be called ‘Distinguished Professor’ if a full professor, ‘Distinguished Scholar’ if an associate professor, and ‘Distinguished Fellow’ if an assistant professor.”

Coleman D. Ross
UNC Kenan Flagler logoMaster of Accountancy
Endowed Fellowship

“The Coleman D. Ross Master of Accountancy Endowed Fellowship was established in 2005 by Carol Ross, Coleman's wife, in honor of her husband's deep loyalty to UNC and its accounting program. It provides an annual fellowship to a student attending the Master of Accounting Program at Kenan-Flagler Business School and is awarded based on the academic achievements of the recipient.”

Eunice Morde Doty
UNC School of Nursing logoSchool of Nursing
Endowed Scholarship

“The Eunice Morde Doty Endowed Scholarship was established in 2003 by Carol M. Ross, AB '64, RN, CNS, in tribute to her mother who had a successful 40-year career in nursing. The scholarship honors Mrs. Doty who graduated as valedictorian from her high school in the Great Depression and entered the diploma program at Massachusetts General Hospital to meet the practical needs of her time. Mrs. Doty was a role model and caretaker for many – family, friends and neighbors. The scholarship acknowledges Mrs. Doty's dream of going to college and her lifelong professional commitment to nursing. It is awarded to students in the School of Nursing based on academic achievement and financial need.”

UNC Rams Club logoColeman D. Ross
Educational Foundation
Endowed Scholarship

“Scholarships for UNC's student-athletes are endowed through the Educational Foundation, known as The Rams Club, which supports UNC student-athletes in the classroom and on the playing field. The Coleman D. Ross Educational Foundation Endowed Scholarship was established by Coleman Ross in 2004 and has been awarded annually to student-athletes competing in cross country and track and field.”

Nancy Ross, Betty Dickson,
UNC-Greensboro logoand Nancy Jo Smith
Endowed Scholarship

“The Nancy Coleman Ross and Betty Ross Dickson Endowed Scholarship was established in 2003 at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro by Coleman D. Ross to acknowledge the family support he received as he pursued his education and to memorialize the lives of two family members: his mother, Nancy Coleman Ross, and his sister, Betty Ross Dickson, a 1952 graduate of Woman's College. He amended the scholarship in 2016 to honor his sister, Nancy Jo Ross Smith, a 1963 graduate of Woman's College, on the occasion of her 75th birthday. Two scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate students with preferences for students with financial need, students seeking degrees in the School of Health and Human Sciences and the Bryan School of Business and Economics, and students from Guilford County and Mecklenburg County.

“Nancy Coleman Ross was born in 1900 in Feasterville, a rural community in Fairfield County, South Carolina. She was the youngest of six children of Yongue and Lizzie Coleman. At a time when college education was rare, especially for females, Nancy and three older sisters all graduated from Winthrop College and all became school teachers. Following her graduation in 1921, Nancy taught in South Carolina for a year before coming to Pleasant Garden, North Carolina, to teach Domestic Science (now Human Environmental Sciences) at Pleasant Garden School. There she met Guy Ross whom she married in 1925. After the birth of her first child in 1930 she left teaching to become a full-time homemaker and mother to four children: Elizabeth 'Betty' (Dickson), Guy, Jr., Nancy Jo (Smith) (BS Home Economics '63), and Coleman. All four children were encouraged to pursue a college education and all did, with both daughters graduating from what is now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Nancy's husband, children and their spouses, twelve grandchildren, and extended family in North and South Carolina were recipients of her devotion. She was a catalyst for action in her community through Pleasant Garden United Methodist Church and Pleasant Garden Club. With her calm, gracious demeanor, Nancy charmed many and slyly won many hands of bridge. Nancy died in 1988 at age 87.

“Elizabeth 'Betty' Ross was born in 1930 in Pleasant Garden, North Carolina. She graduated from Pleasant Garden High School in 1948 and enrolled at Woman’s College with a group of cousins and friends. Betty worked summers through college to help pay for her own education, as did her siblings who followed her. Armed with a BS in Secretarial Administration degree in 1952, she moved to Chapel Hill and went to work at the newly-opened North Carolina Memorial Hospital where she met Griggs Dickson, a UNC Medical School student. Betty and Griggs were married in 1953 while he was still a student.

“There she was awarded a light-hearted PhT degree for having worked to 'put him through' medical school. Following her husband’s graduation, internship, and residency in pediatrics, they moved to Hartsville, South Carolina. In 1963 they settled in Charlotte. Betty became mother of three children: a daughter, Mary Jane 'Polly,' and two sons, Ross (BS Business Administration '83) and Michael. All three of the children received a college education with Ross following his mother to UNCG. Ross and Diane Grady Dickson (BS Home Economics '86) have two daughters, Sarah and Margaret, who brought special joy to their grandmother. Betty was a member of Myers Park United Methodist Church and also gave of her time and business expertise to the Charlotte Nature Museum, where she served as president. An accomplished seamstress, family and friends received gifts of her needlework. She kept in touch with her family and friends from high school and college. She, like her mother, enjoyed respect as a bridge player, having won high score less than a week before she died in March 2003.

“Nancy Josephine 'Nancy Jo' Ross Smith was born in 1941, the third of four children born to Nancy and Guy Ross. Upon Nancy Jo's graduation from Pleasant Garden High School in 1959 she, like her sister Betty, enrolled at Woman's College. Nancy Jo completed a B.S. degree in Home Economics, as her mother had done at Winthrop College, and was part of WC's last all-female graduating class of 1963. She then taught home economics for one and one-half year years at Alamance, Nathaniel Greene, and Pleasant Garden Schools in Guilford County. Nancy Jo married Joseph Ronald Smith in 1963. They made their home in Pleasant Garden and raised their four children there: Matthew, Elizabeth, Eric, and David. While raising her children, Nancy Jo was an active member of Pleasant Garden United Methodist Church and the local schools' Parent Teacher Associations. She continues to support her 13 grandchildren in their interest and endeavors whether it is cheering them on at a basketball game, beaming with pride at a dance recital or musical performance, or being available to pick them up from college for a holiday break. A strong advocate for education, Nancy Jo was elected to the Guilford County School Board for two consecutive four-year terms (1976-1984), including two years as the board's chairperson. More recently, she was elected to the Pleasant Garden Town Council and again in 2011, serving as Mayor pro-tem and councilwoman. As a life-long historian and genealogist, Nancy Jo has been active in the Coleman - Feaster - Mobley Family Association and keeps her community informed with regular columns published in Southeast Lifestyle and the Greensboro News & Record. After months of research and interviews, and piecing together local Pleasant Garden history and lore, in 2015 Nancy Jo published her first book entitled Images of America: Pleasant Garden.”

Winthrop University logoMary Bess Coleman
Endowed Scholarship

“The Mary Bess Coleman Endowed Scholarship at Winthrop University was initiated in November 2001 in honor of the birthday of Mary Bess Coleman (Class of 1918) and in memory of her sisters Isabel Coleman Shellhouse (Class of 1913), Kathleen Coleman (Class of 1917), and Nancy Coleman Ross (Class of 1921). The academic scholarship was established for rising juniors and seniors majoring in elementary education, who have achieved academic excellence, and who have demonstrated financial need. Priority is given to applicants from Fairfield County, South Carolina, and Thornwell Orphanage in Clinton, South Carolina.

“According to Mary Bess, there are two things worth dedicating your life to: teaching and helping others. Witnessing the altruism she practiced throughout the last 104 years of her life, her nieces and nephews decided to honor her through this scholarship.

“Mary Bess remembers experiencing her family's support when her Aunt Chanie Coleman managed to squeeze a group of kids into her car. She was driving Mary Bess, her three sisters, and her cousins from their hometown, Feasterville, SC, to Winnsboro, SC, for a Winthrop scholarship test.

“Mary Bess looks back on her life as sees this experience as just one of the many ways her family helped her gain the tools she needed to give back to her community.

“Mary Bess started to attain the invaluable tool of an undergraduate education after she and her three sisters were each granted scholarships to attend Winthrop Normal College. Mary Bess achieved her two-year teaching certificate shortly thereafter.

“Upon graduating from Winthrop, Mary Bess returned to rural South Carolina to give back to her family and community. She started by caring for her parents and by working as a teacher at Thornwell Orphanage. Later she found a teaching job in the same two-room she attended as a child. Each day she rode a horse to work and, in addition to teaching her K-12 students a variety of subjects, she showed them that their teacher could share in the work of tending the school's wood stove.

“With her education and her desire to help others in any way she could, Mary Bess held valuable roles in her community as a teacher, a midwife, and as advocate. When mothers in labor needed assistance, she helped delver their babies. When tenant farmers became ill, she helped nurse them back to health. And in the 1930s, when residents saw the importance of electricity, she campaigned for its installation in neighborhood homes.

“Her primary caregiver and niece, Nancy Jo Ross Smith said, 'She taught second grade at Pleasant Garden School until she retired at 65. Later, when a young family member needed financial help to pay for college, she resumed teaching at Nathaniel Greene School to help pay fro the student's tuition. That just shows you the depth of her love and obligation to help her family.'”

You can only make so much money in life and only enjoy so many creature comforts. The important thing is do something meaningful – to leave something behind.

— Former ABC Broadcasting Executive Roone Arledge