Leland Wallace Cross 1929 - 2006
Services for Leland Wallace Cross, 76, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Inurnment services will be at a later date in Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsdale Mich.Mr. Cross died Wednesday May 3, 2006, at his daughter's home in Lawrence.He was born Aug. 20, 1929, in Battlecreek, Mich., the son of Shirley and Hazel Snyder Cross. He graduated from Wayne High School in Wayne, Mich. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Hillsdale College in 1951. He received a graduate degree in Hispanic languages and literature from the University of the Americas in Mexico City in 1957.Mr. Cross served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954 and attended the Army Language School in Monterey, Calif. He was stationed with the Army Security Agency in Kyoto, Japan, where he was a Russian voice interpreter. He was a professor of modern languages at Hillsdale College, where he served as department chairman from 1959 to 1961.He joined the Foreign Service in 1961 and was director of academic programs and the institute. He was a cultural affairs officer attache in Buenos Aires, Argentina; San Jose, Costa Rica; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Mexico City, Mexico; and Moscow. He retired in 1983 from the U.S. Information Agency. Mr. Cross was a member and vice president of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, past president and member of the National Honorary Leadership Society Omicron Delta Kappa, and the scholastic honor society Epsilon Delta Alpha, all at Hillsdale College. He married Mary Jean Burns on Dec. 22, 1951, in Detroit. She died Feb. 1, 2003.Survivors include his mother; a son, David, Flower Mound, Texas; three daughters, Sharon Scafe, Lawrence, Sandra Freund, Vienna, Va., and Daphne Goodson, San Antonio; a brother, Michael, Portsmith, Va.; two sisters, Mary Ann Curtis, Engelwood, Fla., and Carole LaShomb, Willmington, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.The family suggests memorials to Hillsdale College, sent in care of the mortuary.