Donald P. Cross
Thursday 18th of January 1934 - Sunday 2nd of February 2020
Camp Nelson National Cemetery
6980 Danville Road, Nicholasville, Kentucky
Clergy Rev. Brad Allred
Donald Paul Cross, 86, passed away peacefully at home in Lexington, Kentucky, on Sunday, February 2, 2020. Don was the youngest of fifteen children, born to John S. Cross and Tucia May Cross in Trinidad, Colorado.
Don served his country in the United States Army from 1954-1956. He attended Trinidad Junior College, the University of Iowa (B.S.), Kansas State Teacher’s College (M.S., Ed.S.), and the University of Kansas (Ed.D.). He worked in Lee County, Iowa as a Speech and Hearing Therapist and School Psychologist before moving to Lexington.
Throughout his career, he advocated for the rights of people with disabilities, especially children. He was heavily involved in the Council for Exceptional Children, and served on over forty committees or boards and nine State Advisory Boards serving exceptional children. In Lexington, he served on the Board of Directors for the Child Development Center and as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Metro Alternative Services to Homeless (MASH).
Don loved being with his family and being outdoors exploring, fishing, and boating. He was a fan of UK sports, especially football and basketball. He was stubborn and also passionate in his beliefs, a trait which served him well as a proponent for the rights of people with disabilities and for his students.
"Cross" (as some of us affectionately called him) was an important positive influence in my early career development at UK. I loved Don's passion and advocacy not only for for individual's with disabilities but all individuals within our schools and communities. Don will always be a significant mentor and friend to me and many others.
C. Michael Nelsonsays
Don was instrumental in my entry into the field of special education, and later in my joining the faculty at UK. He was my friend, colleague, and mentor. I will miss him. My thoughts are with Rosalie, Mark, Laura, and Sarah.
Dr. Cross was an awesome human being. He was very passionate about his work and made learning fun for all. He was an advocate for all students with disabilities.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Cross' family. He and Rosalie were my dearest friends through all the years and I am saddened at his passing.
Perry and Marguerite Southardsays
Perry and I were saddened to hear of Don’s passing. Your entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Dr. Cross was my professor at UK in the mid1980’s. A great professor, RIP🙏😍