The Roland R. Cross, Jr, MD, Visiting Professorship
Jeffrey D. Branch, MD The son of a doctor who was Director of Public Health for the State of Illinois, Roland R. Cross, Jr, MD was born in Pine Ridge, SD, on Sept. 8, 1915. He obtained his BA degree from Washington University of St. Louis in 1936 and matriculated to Washington University Medical School, graduating in 1940.

He began a rotating internship at the University of Illinois R & E Hospital, Chicago, in January 1941, and served for three months as assistant in the Pathology Department, Columbia University Presbyteriann Medical Center, New York City, in 1942. In October 1942, he entered the United States Army, University of Illinois Affiliated 27th Evacuation Hospital. He served both stateside and overseas for four years, leaving military duty on Jan. 1, 1946. During his duty overseas, he was chief of the surgical team at 132nd Evacuation Hospital.

Roland R. Cross, Jr, MD

On Jan. 1, 1946, he began his residency in general surgery at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, followed by a urology residency at the same institution on Jan. 1, 1948. He became a full-time staff urologist at the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital in 1949 and started private practice in 1950.

His academic life began with his appointment as Clinical Assistant in the Department of Urology in 1950 at Northwestern University Medical School. He was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor, and in 1969 became Associate Clinical Professor and Chairman of Urology at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. In 1973, he was promoted to Clinical Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urology at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, a position which he held until 1979. From 1978-79, he was Acting Chief of Staff at theLoyola University Hospitaland Acting Dean of Staff at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. In 1979, he served as Associate Dean for Admissions at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, retiring in 1986 at age 70.

In 1987, Dr. Cross was awarded Professor Emeritus status by the Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University. He was a member of many Chicago, regional and national medical and urologic societies. He served as Chairman of the Union Health Care Committee of the Chicago Medical Society, Northside Branch from 1961-65 and was President of the Chicago Urologic Society from 1976-77. He was affiliated with many local hospitals, serving on the attending, consulting or courtesy staffs, and, of course, was instrumental in training a great number of residents both at the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital and Loyola Foster G. McGaw University Hospital. Dr. Roland Cross was awarded the Stritch Medal by Father Raymond Baumhart at the Annual Loyola Award Dinner in 1998.

Dr. Cross met his wife, Helen Hubbard, during the war while she was serving as a nurse. They were married in March 1946 and have two children, Carol and Cynthia.

Many of us enjoyed the pleasure of having Roland Cross, Jr. as a loyal friend and colleague. He was devoted to Loyola University Medical Center, the Hines Veterans Administration Medical Center and to his many friends in the field of urology and medicine in general. He was an affable fellow with whom it was always a pleasure to talk. He was extremely well informed on many subjects outside of medicine and was always entertaining.

Because of his unending devotion to his profession as a physician and urologist and his important formative influence on urology at Hines Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Department of Urology at Loyola University Medical Center, it seems fitting to dedicate the semi-annual Urology Visiting Professorship in his memory, the Roland R. Cross, Jr., Visiting Professorship in Urology.