Ross, Frank K.
- Theresa A. Hammond
cofounder and first president of the National Association of Black Accountants, was born in St. Kitts, West Indies, the youngest of four sons of Reginald Ross, a plantation overseer, and Ruby Swanston, a nurse. When he was nine months old, his father died after a short illness. He and his three brothers moved to Yonkers, New York, in 1950 to live with their aunt and uncle, Annette Swanston, a seamstress, and Henry Phipps, a retired carpenter.
Ross s eighth grade guidance counselor tried to steer him into a trade or commercial high school as she did with other black students including his three brothers but Ross was determined to attend the academic high school with his friends who were mostly white Despite his good school record the white counselor refused to approve the academic high school until in desperation Ross told her that the real reason ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.