William A. Ross, founder and president of Synoptic Systems, dies at 88

William A. Ross

company founder

William A. Ross, founder and president of the old Synoptic Systems, a Springfield company that specialized in federal logistics support services, died May 18 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was 88.

The death was of myositis, an autoimmune disease, said his daughter Kathy Boi.

Mr. Ross, a Falls Church resident, headed Synoptic Systems from 1971 until his retirement in 2002, when the company was acquired by the contracting firm Allen Corp. of America.

William Allen Ross was a native of Aurora, Ill., and a 1949 philosophy graduate of the University of Chicago. He worked a computer programmer in California and a systems analyst in Arizona before moving to Falls Church in 1965.

He was an Army Air Forces flight officer in World War II and was a pilot in the Air Force during the Korean War.

His memberships included the Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston and International Country Club in Fairfax County. He was a swim-team representative at the Camelot Community Club in Annandale.

His first wife, Laurel Bowie Ross, died in 1989 after 34 years of marriage. His second wife, Shinako Yasuda Ross, died in 1998 after one year of marriage.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Junko Furuya Ross of Falls Church; four children from his first marriage, Kathy Boi of Middleburg, Karen Davis of Falls Church, Gail McGrory of Jacksonville, Fla., and William K. Ross of Lorton; a sister, Marion Heald of Virginia Beach; and four grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough