Bertram H. Ross, a talented young attorney of San Francisco, specializing in commercial and banking law, has
gained a gratifying measure of success in the profession for one of his years and ranks with the able representatives
of the bar in his native city. He was born May 14, 1902, an only child of Samuel and Jennie (Cohn) Ross, the former
being a native of the state of New York and the latter of San Francisco, California, where the Cohn family settled
in pioneer times. Samuel Ross, who was but a small boy when brought to this city in 1880, acquired a public school
education here and subsequently turned his attention to the importing and exporting business, which claimed his
time and energies until his retirement from active life. He gives his political allegiance to the republican party,
while fraternally he is affiliated with the Masonic order, in which he has attained the thirty second degree of
the Scottish Rite and is a member of Islam Temple of the Mystic Shrine in San Francisco.
Following his graduation from the Lowell high school, Bertram H. Ross enrolled as a student at the University of
California, from which institution he received the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1924, that of Master of Arts in 1925
and that of Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1927. While a college student he was nominated a candidate for the Rhodes
scholarship in 1924. He taught political science at the University of California from 1925 until 1928 and in the
latter year was admitted to the bar and began practice in San Francisco. He specializes in commercial and banking
law and is attorney for a number of corporations, including Kahn & Keville and the Pacific Motor Supply Company.
He has membership in both the California Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Ross has supported the men and measures of the republican
party, believing its principles most conducive to good government. He has attained the thirty second degree of
the Scottish Rite in Masonry and is a worthy exemplar of the teachings and purposes of the craft. He also has membership
in three college fraternities: Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Phi Zeta and Pi Sigma Alpha, and is a member of the Public
Spirit Club, a luncheon club. He is very fond of golf and when leisure permits finds pleasurable relaxation in
a game on the links. His salient personal characteristics are such as readily attract friendship, and he enjoys
deserved popularity in social as well as professional circles of this city.
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931
San Francisco, CA
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