Dr. Ralph Ross is running for ANA President. This is his daughter's article on Numismatics.
I did some Google searches for Ralph Ross who is running for ANA President. He is a Ph.D., as are both candidates this year.
I was moved by what his daughter wrote and posted online. She, and her brother, became ANA members at 1 year old! As kids, they had to spell NUMISMATICS for their Dad at age 2! This is a guy who loves numismatics!
Will he be able to get more YNs into the hobby as ANA President?
The following is a short excerpt. Click through to read the entire article.
How I Got Started in Numismatics
By: Jillian Denise Ross
It’s simple! To describe my start in numismatics I must tell you a little about my father, Ralph W. Ross, Ph.D., environmental toxicologist and coin collector since the quaint old age of four years old. My father got everyone in our family interested in coins, including me. When my oldest brother Jason was born in 1983, my father feverously tried to get him a membership in the American Numismatic Association (ANA), to no avail. Finally, his unrelenting efforts paid off and Jason became an ANA member at five years old. My younger brother Jeremy and I both became members of the ANA at one year’s old. While I don’t remember joining the ANA, I do remember, as early as two years old, being quizzed about spelling words, such as EINSTEIN, MATHEMATICS and NUMISMATICS. My dad would ask me “How much is 1+1?” and I would respond, “2”. The word that family had to spell for my father, including siblings and other young relatives, was POP! By age three I knew that 2 + 2 = 4 = 22 = (2)(2) = 4.
I am now an 18 year old freshman matriculating at Columbia University in New York City. A Biomedical Engineering major and Freshman Class President of the School of Engineering, I am still passionate about coins, but have little time for anything other than school. Although I don’t have much time for collecting coins right now, I will always be a life-long collector. I understand that coin collectors range from basic collectors to professional numismatists and everything in between. I will forever love numismatics and can appreciate the excitement my father must have felt at four years old. I am so lucky to have a numismatic, mathematician father who inculcated me with a love of mathematics and numismatics!
Jillian D. Ross
Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Class of 2016 Engineering Student Council President.