2004 Maryvale High School Athletic Wall of Fame
Biography by Jerome F. Collins
Ross West was a four-year member of Maryvale's cross country and track teams. The mile was his specialty on the track team. Ross was a division all star in cross-country in his sophomore, junior and senior years and a sectional champ in his senior year. He was also a division all-star and sectional champ in track in his senior year. Ross went undefeated in both sports during his four years in high school.
He attended Alfred University on an academic scholarship, majoring in biology and chemistry. West was a member of the ROTC program, finishing as a ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate. He was also a member of Alfred's undefeated freshman cross-country team.
Following his graduation from university, Ross joined the Army as a Second Lieutenant He graduated from Fort Benning's Ranger Combat Leadership School, served in Germany and advanced to the rank of Captain before returning to civilian life.
Ross earned an MBA, while establishing a career in product development, marketing and sales. He has advanced industrial materials and engineering systems for filtration and separation, factory automation and energy conservation.
Sports have continued to play an important part in Ross' life. He continues to run in marathons, triathelons, and mid-distance running events, including Buffalo's Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Living in the mountains of northeastern Washington state, Ross is an downhill and cross-country skier.
He has been married to his wife Cathie for 35 years, and they have two daughters, Caroline and Virginia.
I have found Ross to be a very sincere, grateful and humble individual. He asked that the following paragraph be attached to his biography.
"I am proud to be a Maryvale athlete, and I have a debt of gratitude to the dedicated coaches, who encouraged me and exposed me to broader horizons, and also to the community for the stage they gave us to play on. It is a great honor to be on Maryvale's Wall of Fame, among alumni of such good citizenship and athletic achievement."