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Ina Gross Justice Project

Ina Gross Justice Project

Ina Gross Justice Project

Ina and Sam Gross

Ellen Gerth sustains a lectureship series to benefit children’s cancer in her parents’ names. Since January 2012, the “Stop Children’s Cancer Dr. Samuel and Ina Gross Memorial Lectureship” has operated to encourage medical students and pediatric residents to pursue careers in hematology and oncology to help cure children with cancer. The last lectureship was May 4, 2016, at the University of Florida. Money donated will be matched dollar for dollar by Stop Children’s Cancer, a foundation for cancer research co-founded by Dr. Samuel Gross, Gerth’s late father. Donations can be made online at

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Ina Gross Obituary 

INA FRIEDMAN GROSS, 78, of Lakewood Ranch, FL., formerly of Cleveland, Gainesville, FL., and Chapel Hill, NC., died Jan. 9, 2012. She was born March, 17, 1933 in Boston, MA., the youngest of three children of Simon Friedman and Adelaide Ober. Ina leaves her children, Ellen & Sara and son in law David Gerth as well as her grandchildren Gabriel and Olivia. Ina's beloved husband, Dr. Samuel Gross died in Aug. 2010 after 58 years of marriage. Ina attended Cornell University, and subsequently graduated with a B.A. in Social Work and an M.A. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH. Ina's foremost passion was her family to whom she was unfailingly devoted. In addition to her professional pursuits in psychology, Ina was a volunteer for the homeless, a lover of animals, and an advocate for all mankind. She loved antiques, a career she pursued alongside all of her other activities. She has been a volunteer at the Resurrection House, a resource center for the homeless, and was active in a number of organizations including the Women's Resource Center and ORT. Services for Ina will be held at Temple Emanu-El on McIntosh Road on Monday, Jan. 16 at 11:30 a.m. In memory of Ina Gross, her family has established a fund in her name for the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

  1. LAKEWOOD RANCH - June 2018 - Freshly planted flowers rustled in the summer breeze Monday above a plaque dedicated to Ina Gross at Paw Park in Lakewood Ranch.

Mrs. Gross and her husband, Sam Gross, and their German Shepherd mix Nicky, were frequent visitors to the dog park.

Sam Gross died of cancer on Aug. 3, 2010.

Mrs. Gross was slain inside her Lakewood Ranch home Jan. 9, 2012 a homicide. A first degree murder arrest warrant has been issued by Manatee County, Florida for Thomas J Gross of Herzliya, Israel. Recently, a group of Gross' friends gathered at the park to dedicate an oak tree and plaque in her memory.

"It was a form of closure," said friend Cliff Kaplan, who met Gross in 2003. "It gave us a place to remember her. It was in memory of her and our friendship."

For years, Kaplan said Gross and her husband would meet with more than a dozen dog owners everyday at the park.

"She was a dear friend," he said.

Lakewood Ranch staff offered the tree to the group of friends at no charge. The group raised money to purchase the concrete plaque which reads "This tree was planted in memory of Ina Gross, Our Dog Park Friend. 2012"

The friends dedicated left over money to the Resurrection House in Sarasota, a non-profit organization where Gross volunteered to serve the homeless community.

"To me, this is a form of expression for our love for her," Kaplan said.

The friends approached community development district supervisors of Greenbrook with the idea and gained unanimous acceptance.