Barbara Cheney Ross ’54

Barbara Cheney RossBarbara Ellen Cheney Ross, age 76, of Toms River, NJ, passed away on Thursday morning, August 29th, 2013.

She bravely endured a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and heart problems. Barbara was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was raised by her parents Stanley and Dorothy Cheney.

She attended Northampton School for Girls and then Smith College in Massachusetts and received her BA from Georgian Court College in Lakewood. She later received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and practiced family law in Toms River for over 20 years. Barbara and a colleague founded a non-profit adoption service, New Jersey Friends of FANA.

Barbara is survived by her beloved husband Robert, a retired USAF Colonel and Pan Am World Airways pilot. They were married for 57 wonderful years and raised four biological children: Elizabeth, Victoria, Stanley John and Ian. They adopted and loved many other children including: Adriana, Jennifer, Katherine, John, Hope, David, and Alec. Barbara and Robert lived and raised their family for over forty years in Toms River. She will be forever loved and missed by her family.

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  1. Barb and I both lived in Lee House during our junior year at NSFG. I was new and remember the friendly manner of Barb and the other “girls”. Barb shared my interest in horseback riding. On Saturdays we would be transported to the stables at Smith college and have some great times. Unfortunately, we did lose touch after graduation, but I am glad to hear that she lived such a rewarding life. She was, I am sure, a great mom, and her legacy will will be the blessings that her off spring (biological and adopted) bring to the world now and in the future.

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