D. Ross Halliday, MD passed away on July 31st, 2017 at his home in Scottsdale AZ. with his wife Jan and daughter Kathryn by his side. He was 84 years old.
Ross was born on August 12th, 1932 in Kenmare, ND to Dr. David James Halliday and Clara Margaret (Allingham) Halliday. Ross had two older brothers, David and Hugh, and spent much of his childhood loving the outdoors, playing sports, and earning his Eagle Scout Badge. He graduated from Kenmare High School and then went on to the University of North Dakota where he earned his B.S., B.A. and Graduate degrees in 1955. In 1957 he completed his Doctorate of Medicine Degree at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Ross began his internship at Ancker-Ramsey Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota and completed his residency in 1964 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He then earned his masters in Orthopedics at University of Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Air force as a flight surgeon from 1958 to 1960 at the Minot Air force Base.
Ross started his career at the Fargo Clinic in 1964 and he opened his own practice, Orthopedics Associates, in 1967. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Lutheran Health Systems from 1968-1998, President of the North Dakota Medical Association in 1984 (his father had also served as president years before), a member of the North Dakota Medical Association from 1964-1988 and a member of the Maricopa Medical Society . He was awarded Honors from the North Dakota Handicap Association- Physican of the Year in 1977, North Dakota Arthritis Foundation- Certificate of Merit in 1980 and North Dakota Medical Association- Distinguished Service Certificate in1984. In 1988, he moved to Scottsdale Arizona and began working at Casa Blanca Clinic, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Concentra Clinic/ Industrial Injuries, as a consultant at Health International, Institute for bone and Joint Disorders, Medpro Orthopedics Institute, as a consultant to First Health and Medical Director to First Health/Coventry Healthcare. His passion and joy for his work carried on until a few years before his passing.
Ross married Ruth (Olson) Halliday in 1958 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. They soon became the proud parents of Laura (Boyer), Lynn (Zarling), Mark Halliday and Kathryn (Wanous). As a family, they enjoyed traveling the globe, skiing, lake life, duck/pheasant hunting, community work and attending extended family gatherings. He was often found on the golf course with friends. Ross’s passion for his work carried him to volunteer every year at Elks Camp Grassick for children and adults with special needs. This work lead to a life time of trying to get special needs people out of the institutions and mainstream them into schools and the community. He also was on a team that investigated the Grafton and San Haven homes for abuses. This lead to huge reforms in how the state treated institutionalized patients.
Years after his divorce, Ross moved to Scottsdale, AZ–a city he loved and a place where he found happiness, contentment, and a zest for life. Ross married Jan Jonson on April 10th, 1991 at The Chapel by the Sea in Kaui, Hawaii. Ross and Jan enjoyed traveling the world (especially Napa country), fine dining, watching the beautiful Arizona sunsets (while enjoying a glass of wine), and visiting family in North Dakota , Minnesota and throughout the country. Ross loved and cherished Jan and respected her passion for her vast knowledge in health, nutrition, exercise and medical careers. They both shared passion for their work, and he would also say that she is a great beauty!
Ross enjoyed his crossword puzzles, his dogs, and playing golf with friends on a regular basis; most importantly, Ross was incredibly proud of his family, and he so enjoyed living in Scottsdale. He would often be heard saying with gusto, “I LOVE this town.”
Ross was preceded in death by his father, his mother, and his two brothers. Ross is survived by his wife Jan, former wife Ruth, Son Mark Halliday. Daughters Laura Boyer (Jim Boyer), Lynn Zarling, Kathryn Wanous (Doug Wanous). Grandchildren James Moe (Kelsey), Jessica Johansen-Moe (Jordan), Jack Zarling, Helen Zarling, Sally Zarling, Haley Halliday, Hunter Halliday, Luke Wanous, Millie Wanous and great granddaughter Avery Moe.
To Quote Ross: “Ah, the vicissitudes of life.”
A celebration of life event will take place on August 19th at the Fargo Country Club at 2:00 with the program commencing at 2:30. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be given to the Sanford Children’s Orthopedic Fund.