A lifelong Missourian, David Ross was born in the town of La Belle, Mo., located in the northeastern corner of the state. He attended Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., and earned a law degree from the University of Missouri. He served as a captain in the Army from 1964 to 1966, after which he returned to Kansas City and joined the First National Bank, which, after a series of mergers, became Bank of America. David was with the bank for 38 years, most recently with the Trust Department and Foundation as a key community contact and funder. Thanks to David, millions of dollars have been directed to support health-related, religious, educational and other charitable causes in the Kansas City area. He retired in 2004, when he was advised by medical experts that he did not have long to live. In the 16 years since, he has been consulting in the community as an “outsourced fund development committee,” mostly because, as he jokes, “My wife makes me leave home in the morning and not come back until evening.” Despite David’s self-deprecating sense of humor, he is widely recognized as a dean of philanthropy in Greater Kansas City. As one admirer said of him, “David absolutely changed the world of philanthropy in Kansas City. He was a champion of those he worked with and encouraged people to continually push their nonprofit thinking.” David and his wife, Connie, have a daughter, Maggie, who lives in the Brookside neighborhood.