Robert Campbell Rossi died on February 2, 2019. He was 76 years old. He is survived by his wife, children and grand children who are achieving good things. Foremost Bob Rossi was a man who enjoyed cooking family dinners. Grace was always said. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 8th at St. Mary’s Parish and Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima located at 18230 Barnesville Road, Barnesville, Maryland 20838. Burial will be in the church cemetery, followed by a reception in the St. Mary’s Pavilion.
A practicing Catholic, Bob Rossi was a Eucharistic Minister, Holy Name Society Secretary, Lector, Arimethean, and Cook at St. Mary’s Church. He organized the dedication of the Veterans Memorial at St. Mary’s and seven Veterans Day observances. He was President of the St. Martin’s Parish Council in Gaithersburg where he led fund raising for construction of its parochial school. He was a member of the St. Paul’s Prayer Group in Damascus and a New Hope Job Search Counselor at St. Rose of Lima Church in Gaithersburg - all in Maryland. Over the years he wrote hundreds of resumes helping unemployed people get jobs.
Bob Rossi organized the Mount Airy 9/11 Patriot Day ceremonies for five years. During his four year leadership of the Toys for Tots campaigns in Mount Airy, 7,000 needy children received toys at Christmas. He understood the motivating power of positive reinforcement so he created the Promising Young American and American Achiever Awards presented approximately 400 young people over several years. He was the Historian and Chaplain of the American Legion Gold Star Post 191. In 2012, his three volume history of the post won the PDC Kenneth R. Hammer Memorial Trophy for best history out of 144 Maryland posts. In 2013 he was made the first Honorary Citizen of Mount Airy, Maryland.
After the 9/11 attacks he joined the Marine Corps League and actively contributed his time, creativity and financial support for over 18 years. He became a life member and officer in the Military Order of the Devil Dogs and author of its Valkery News. In 2010 and 2015 he was named Pound and then Pack Devil Dog of the Year. Bob Rossi was a life member of the Marine Corps League and served on the Honor Guard. He was Commandant of the Robert W. Deane Detachment 770 during 2008 - 2010 and Historian of the Sgt. John F. Hettchen, Jr. Detachment 1428 from 2015. In 2008 he was named the Deane Detachment Marine of the Year. In 2017 he was awarded the Marine Corps League’s Distinguished Citizen Medal. In 2018 he was appointed a national historian of the Marine Corps League.
Bob Rossi visited infirmed servicemen, the elderly, and scout units with his Honorary Lance Corporal Collies. They welcomed home Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a Montgomery County Election Judge and an Eagle Scout Mentor. He was Chairman of the Marine Corps League’s Eagle Scouts Good Citizenship Awards Program in Maryland for 3 years in which 365 awards were conferred. In 2018 he was inducted into the Royal Marines Association USA Branch.
His business career was 63 years involving managerial and officer positions in nuclear energy (NUS Corporation), telecommunications (World Cell) and commercial real estate (Transwestern). He held several highly classified national security clearances. He was author of articles published by the: Atomic Energy Commission, Edison Electric Institute, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Nuclear Information and Records Management Association and the Atomic Industrial Forum. He began as a butcher’s apprentice.
Bob Rossi served on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Business School Club of Washington. There he established the Elizabeth Plack Lecture Series. He was a co-founder, charter member and board member of both the Project Management Institute and the Nuclear Information and Records Management Association. He was an independent scholar of the American Historical Association and President of the Society for Advancement of Management in Washington.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve. After graduating from the 3rd Battalion Recruit Training Regiment at Parris Island in 1965, he served with the 4th Marine Air Wing, Marine Air Group 41 in jet attack squadrons VMA-132 and
VMF-321. Sgt. Rossi was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1971 cited for “Honest and Faithful Service” and recommended for re-enlistment.
He was in the first graduating classes of St. Bernadette Parochial and Xaverian High Schools. He earned a BBA from
St. John’s University of New York. His graduate work was at MIT, Georgetown, the Harvard School of Design and the Harvard Graduate School of Business.