Norman Ross

Norman DeMille Ross (May 2, 1895 – June 19, 1953) was an American competition swimmer who won five events at the Inter-Allied Games in June 1919, held at Joinville-Le-Pont near Paris, and three gold medals at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. He set thirteen world records and won eighteen U.S. national championships during his career.

Norman Ross
Ross broadcasting for WGN Radio, Chicago.
Personal information
Full nameNorman DeMille Ross
Nickname(s)"The Big Moose"
National team United States
Born(1895-05-02)May 2, 1895
Portland, Oregon
DiedJune 19, 1953(1953-06-19) (aged 58)
Evanston, Illinois
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
StrokesFreestyle, water polo
ClubIllinois Athletic Club
College teamStanford University

In later years he was a popular Chicago radio personality known to listeners as "Uncle Normie."[1] His son, Norman A Ross Jr. (1922–2008), was a well-known radio and television host, corporate executive and civic leader in Chicago.[2][3][4][5]

See also


  1. Ross' Death Recalls Feats as Swimmer, Chicago Daily Tribune, June 20, 1953, pg. A2
  2. Radio, TV personality Norman Ross dies, Chicago Breaking News (Chicago Tribune), October 3, 2008
  3. Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 3: September 1952 — August 1955, H.W. Wilson Company., New York (1956)
  4. Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 21: September 1995 — August 1996, H.W. Wilson Company, New York (1996) OCLC 36101383
  5. A Who's Who of Sports Champions, Their stories and records, by Ralph Hickok. Houghton Mifflin Co., New York (1995) OCLC 31815443 ISBN 0395681952 ISBN 9780395681954 ISBN 039573312X ISBN 9780395733127
Preceded by
Charles Daniels
Men's 200-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

November 24, 1916 – April 10, 1920
Succeeded by
Tedford H. Cann
Preceded by
Jack Hatfield
Men's 400-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

October 9, 1919 – April 9, 1922
Succeeded by
Arne Borg
Preceded by
Henry Taylor
Men's 800-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

January 10, 1920 – January 13, 1923
Succeeded by
Boy Charlton
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