The Max Ross Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in 2018, shortly after his passing, by his family to support Marion students pursuing degrees in the field of education. Max was well known in Marion, having served as Marion County Sheriff, educator, businessman, and coach.
Max attended State College High School and West Chester State Teachers College in Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, he played semi-professional baseball for the Boston Red Sox.
An Army veteran, Max served from 1953-1955 and was stationed in Japan. Upon discharge, he became a biology and history teacher and coach at Prospect School, as well as a supervisor at Whirlpool on the graveyard shift.
During his tenure as a teacher and coach at Marion Catholic, he achieved great success. In 1962, he was named the outstanding science instructor by the State of Ohio and founded the Science Fair for Marion County. He was the head football coach for 8 years with a record of 56-14-2, winning 6 conference titles and 2 state championships in 1965-66. He started the school’s track program and won five state Columbus Diocese league titles.
Following his career in education, Max was elected sheriff of Marion County, serving 1968-1972, and worked for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and Civilian Conservation Corp until his retirement in 1988.