The Population Council mourns the recent passing of our former colleague John Allen Ross.

John had a career that spanned over five decades as a demographer, and he advanced research on maternal and child health, fertility, and global family planning. More recently, John worked on the Council’s Evidence Project, which sought to expand access to high quality family planning and reproductive health services through implementation science.

John published extensively, spanning the years he spent at the Council, Columbia University School of Public Health, the Futures Group, and as a consultant. In 1993, John co-authored Findings from Two Decades of Family Planning Research, a book which presented insights from family planning research from the 1970s to the 1990s.

In his later years at the Council, John investigated global contraceptive use for men. As part of his work on the Evidence Project, John explored the available contraceptive options for men and their usage and ensured this information was shared broadly, strengthening family planning programs globally.

John advanced knowledge in the field of demography, and we truly appreciate his contributions. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

June 28, 2024

By: Population Council

in News and Views