Armen Ross, Jr., 84, passed away September 22, 2013. Armen was born on February 9, 1929 in Los Angeles, California to Arnnem Ross of Georgia and Lillian Robinson of Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana.
Armen grew up in Los Angeles where he attended George Washington Carver Junior High School and Thomas Jefferson High School.
After graduation Armen joined the United States Marines and was among the first African Americans to serve in the Marine Corps during World War II. After the war Armen returned home and began attending Los Angeles City College while he worked various jobs, including stints with the United States Postal Service, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, a bartender and several others.
In 1948 Armen married his childhood sweetheart, Brownee Jewel Parham, and from that union Rochelle Lillaine and Armen Derek were conceived.
He continued his education after a divorce receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965 from California State University at Los Angeles. Armen went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Southern California in 1971.
In 1967 Armen met Luella Kathryn (Kitty) King. They married in 1968 and from that union Brandi Kathryn was conceived.
Armen went on to enjoy a fruitful career as a Speech Pathologist. He began his career with the Fullerton School District, taught classes at Los Angeles High School, and worked for many years at the Tracey Clinic at USC where he honed his skills as a practitioner. In the mid 70’s he started his own company and became the first African American Speech Pathology firm in Southern California. Armen founded the Southern California affiliate of the National Black Association for Speech, Language, and Hearing and in 1984 was recognized by the Association for his work. Governor Edmund G. (Pat) Brown later acknowledged Armen’s accomplishments by appointing him to the California State Board of Consumer Affairs for Speech and Hearing.
Armen was preceded in death by his parents Arnnem and Lillian.
Armen is survived by his daughters and son, Rochelle (Clovie) Good of Carson, California, Armen (Andrea) Derek Ross of Los Angeles, California, Brandi (Ebony) Ross-Douglas of Michigan City, Indiana; sister Della Ray Ross of Los Angeles, California; grandchildren Anthony Williams, Brian Ross, Lisa Benbow, Naima Douglas, Adia Douglas, and Sofiya Douglas, great-grandchildren Mychal Ross, Anthony Williams, Jr., Sabrina Rochelle, Camryn Benbow and Kendall Benbow, cousins Cheryal and Taylor Kearney and a host of nieces and nephews other relatives and friends.