David Gray Ross has devoted most of his career to public service. He had spent most of his adult life on issues surrounding children and families.
After graduating from high school, Ross joined the Army Reserves. While attending law school, Ross was recalled to active duty as an Engineer Company Commander with the United States Army in September 1961 for the Berlin Crisis. He returned to law school on a part-time basis. Ross remained in the Army National Guard, U.S. Army, or Army Reserves until December 1982, when he retired. Upon his retirement, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
For most of Ross's career, he was a children's advocate. A former prosecutor in the District of Columbia, a former Circuit Court Judge in Maryland, and a former member of the Maryland Legislature, Ross brought experience from all branches and levels of government to his new role as head of the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement in 1994.
Ross is truly an advocate for children. Ross experienced and saw firsthand the need to improve the system so that children can be raised out of poverty and placed in loving and nurturing environments. On a daily basis, Ross made decisions which altered people's lives in an important way. Ross has been involved in making the laws, prosecuting the laws, interpreting the laws, and rendering judgments under those laws. He is responsible for the administration of our national child support program.
Ross was initiated into Robert Le Bruce Chapter DeMolay in Washington, D.C., in 1950, where he served as State Master Councilor of the District of Columbia and Master Councilor of Robert Le Bruce Chapter. He is a Representative DeMolay and received the Chevalier in 1960 and the Legion of Honor in 1971. Ross serves as a Deputy member of DeMolay's International Supreme Council. Ross is a Mason, and a member of both the Scottish Rite and the Shrine. Ross was inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on June 13, 1997.
"As a young boy who had lost his father, the interest taken in me by the men of DeMolay provided encouragement, leadership, and opportunities which, in hindsight, seem impossible. The vision of the Order of DeMolay kept me focused on the truly important things in life and taught me a morality which remains with me today. As the Director of our Nation's primary support system for America's alienated children, I am mindful of the old adage that says, Ďas the twig is be, so grows the tree.' We must join together to bend our children toward what is right and good and necessary to make them productive citizens of the future."