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Beloved Mathematics Professor Tim Ross Passes Away

Posted on: May 5, 2021
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Beloved Math Professor Passes AwayTigerville, SC (February 26, 2021) Timothy Ray Ross, a mathematics instructor in the College of Humanities and Sciences, passed away on Feb. 24, 2021. He was 57.

Ross graduated summa cum laude from North Greenville University (NGU) with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2014, when he was 46 years old, following a 20-year career in automotive sales. He later joined the faculty, serving as an instructor of mathematics and the Math Lab coordinator.  

“We will be grieving Professor Ross’s death in the coming days. He was taken from us far too soon. However, though our mourning will be real, we will not be grieving as those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13),” said NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant., Jr. “We rejoice that Professor Ross loved God and had trusted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He is now in the presence of his Savior, where he will remain for all eternity. This is the hope for all who belong to Jesus Christ.”

Ross was deeply committed to helping every student succeed in their math courses and their broader educational goals. He taught developmental math courses and served on the committee that developed NGUone, the new student success initiative for first-generation students. He was also furthering his own educational goals by working toward a master’s degree in mathematics. 

He was married for almost 30 years to Beth, who serves as administrative assistant to Dr. Steve Crouse, NGU senior campus pastor and chief spiritual formation officer. He was also a devoted father and grandfather.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Turner Chapel on NGU’s Tigerville Campus. The University’s COVID-19 protocols will be followed. Maximum attendance will be at a 250-person capacity and will be first-come, first-served. The service will be available via live stream on the NGU website and NGU Chapel Facebook page. Living Waters Funeral Home & Crematory in Lyman are handling the arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at

In honor of Ross, the NGU campuses’ flags are lowered to hast-mast, and a wreath is placed outside his office door in the Crain Science Building.

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