LEGENDARY Daily News personal-finance columnist and radio talk-show horde Harry S. Gross, 92, died of heart disaster Sunday during his home in Rydal.
Mr. Gross was a explorer in internal media, providing financial recommendation to consumers. In 1978, he started a call-in radio procedure that ran for some-more than 20 years on Philadelphia radio stations WCAU and WWDB. He wrote his personal-finance mainstay for a Daily News from 1981 until his retirement late final year.
Among his mantras were “Live underneath your means,” and “If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true.”
A internal of Philadelphia, Mr. Gross was innate on Oct. 25, 1923, and grew adult in Strawberry Mansion. He attended a University of Pennsylvania on a full scholarship, graduating in 1944. He non-stop his possess use as a approved open accountant in 1949, giving financial recommendation and training other accountants.
Mr. Gross assimilated a Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1946. He frequently volunteered to assistance with consumer-outreach programs, and became a PICPA life member in 1986, after 40 years of continual membership.
He helped generations of internal CPAs pass a severe accounting examination by building a examination course, and common his believe with seasoned CPAs by conducting continuing-education accounting courses for 33 years. Michael D. Colgan, PICPA’s executive director, pronounced Mr. Gross was “instrumental in many CPAs successfully flitting a CPA exam.”
Mr. Gross monitored CPA exams and distributed candy to students as he walked around a room.
“His exam-prep march was so good that his students had a really high success rate,” removed David Zalles, a Blue Bell-based CPA, who pronounced he took Mr. Gross’ march in 1960.
Recalled Daily News editor Michael Days: “Readers would call a paper looking for Harry when we was a Daily News business editor. What always struck me was how sad his fans were when they schooled that he did not work in a office, and, no, he could not be reached to assistance them immediately solve their financial woes. Everyone only knew that he would have a ideal solution.
“Harry has been a devoted force in a segment for a really prolonged time,” Days said. “And all of that knowledge, all of that caring deeply about a financial concerns of his audience, came wrapped in one of a best tellurian beings we will ever meet.”
Mr. Gross relished assisting readers, and wrote on his retirement from a Daily News in November, “I can't news a compensation we perceived when we was means to assistance people who were in low trouble.”
He generally enjoyed receiving letters from prisoners and responding formidable financial questions in a transparent manner. (A collection of his papers can be found during philly.com/harry_gross.)
His columns constantly referred to supervision bureaucrats and other functionaries as “toads,” and he finished each essay with a admonition: “Harry urges all his readers to give blood. Contact a American Red Cross during 1-800-Red-Cross.”
Mr. Gross believed in donating blood as a approach to “give life as a gift. we was forced to stop 3 years ago after I’d given 17 gallons (that’s 136 pints),” he wrote in 2011. He served as authority of a Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region of a American Red Cross.
He remained an active University of Pennsylvania alumnus, portion as boss of a Class of 1944 until his death. He once wrote: “I was a happiest male in a universe when we was told that we had won a four-year grant to Penn behind in 1940. I’ve been category boss for what seems like a century. (Nobody else wants a job). Both of my children and one of my grandchildren are alumni. we am so really unapproachable to have helped Penn’s procedure of creation certain no connoisseur has debt.”
His daughter, Betty Gross Eisenberg, pronounced her relatives met a summer before her mother, a former Helen Roth, matriculated during Temple.
“My mom took a summer category in algebra. A mutual crony on a Number 9 trolley introduced them, and said, ‘Harry could assistance we with your algebra,’ and they married in 1948.”
In a farewell mainstay for a Daily News, Mr. Gross called his mother “the adore of my life! Any success I’ve had, economically and socially, is mostly due to Helen. No regard is enough.”
His daughter said: “Education was intensely critical to my parents. And not all that prolonged ago my father pronounced he hoped to live to see all 4 grandchildren finish their education. And final June, he did.” Two are medical doctors, dual are Ph.Ds.
In further to his mother and daughter, Mr. Gross’ survivors embody his son, Dr. Jeffrey Gross, and 4 grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Mar 16, during Old York Road Temple-Beth Am, 971 Old York Rd., Abington. Interment will be private. Arrangements are being rubbed by Joseph Levine Sons, 4737 Street Road, Trevose.
Donations might be done in Mr. Gross’ name to a Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region of a American Red Cross, 1-800-733-2767.