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Gladis (Coleman) Ross
Class of 1945 - Inducted 2001
Gladis was inducted into the SHSAA Hall of Fame in 2001.
Mrs. Ross spent most of her adult career in service to the children and families of Omaha as the Director of the North Christ Child Center. For 39 years Mrs. Ross was an employee of the Christ Child Society where she nurtured literally thousands of children, always encouraging them to achieve their best. Mrs. Ross has also spent countless hours volunteering for such organizations as the NAACP, the Action and Fact Neighborhood Association and the Allen Chapel AME Church.
While in high school Mrs. Ross accomplished the impossible--in her four years she had perfect attendance and no tardies. She credits her parents who always encouraged their children to be honest and to do their best--a philosophy she has shared with thousands of children.
She has been named the Outstanding 4-H Leader of the Year and recognized by the Nebraska Arts Council for leadership in the arts. While retired from the Christ Child Society, Mrs. Ross continues to mold the lives of children at Lothrop Magnet School.