Halkey K. Ross, 94, colonel in Army

Worked after World War II at Aberdeen Proving Ground

December 29, 2006

Halkey K. Ross, a retired Army colonel and Aberdeen Proving Ground chemical engineer, died of kidney failure and old-age complications Saturday at a hospital in Palm Harbor, Fla. The former Fallston resident was 94.

Born Alcibiades Kipourides in Aleppo, Syria, of Greek parents, he was orphaned as a result of the massacre of Christians in Turkey.

At age 10, he was adopted and raised by a business secretary of the Army and Navy YMCA.

He earned a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and a master's in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Rhode Island. He was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi honor societies and became a chemist and metallurgist in the 1930s.

He served in an Army coast artillery unit before World War II and later fought in Germany. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.

After the war, he moved to Fallston and became technical director of test operations for the Army Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He retired in 1972.

A member of the American Chemical Society, he wrote several scientific papers and technical studies for the Army.

Active in Scottish groups, he belonged to the Clan Ross Association of the U.S and the Highland Society of Harford County. He was a former member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Churchville.

He enjoyed oil painting and did family portraits.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Carpenter Jenks Family Funeral Home in West Warwick, R.I.

Survivors include a son, Duncan C. Ross of Trinity, Fla.; two daughters, Helena K. Lindquist of Bethlehem, Pa., and Corinne R. Pons of Whitefield, N.H.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. His wife of 42 years, the former Joan Smith, died in 1984.

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