Robert H. Gross
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Graduate Molecular and Cellular Biology
Robert H. Gross, 1945-2014: It is with great sadness that we inform you of the unexpected death of Robert Gross, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and the graduate program in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Bob suffered a heart attack yesterday, Sunday, March 2. I know you join me in sending his wife, Bobbi, his three children, Jason, Kevin and Lisa, and his students our sincere condolences.
Bob joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1977, having completed his Ph.D. in Biophysics at Johns Hopkins. His initial research here focused on heat shock and its effects on RNA splicing. After eighteen years on this track, Bob began to focus on computational molecular biology, especially as it is used in understanding gene regulation. In that pursuit, Bob and his lab developed the Gene Construction Kit software, which is now widely used in the research community. He was also one of the founders and President of Textco Biosoftware, Inc., on the staff of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Familial Dysautonomia Foundation.
Hockey was always close to Bob's heart. For over two decades he was a faculty advisor to the Dartmouth men's hockey team and he followed them avidly. He was equally passionate about the blues and photography, deriving much satisfaction from both as he travelled around the United States.