Rossi , Alice S.
- Kathryn Allamong Jacob
Rossi , Alice S. (24 September 1922–03 November 2009), sociologist and feminist scholar, was born Alice Emma Schaerr in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in a neighborhood of immigrants like her German American family. Her mother, Emma, worked at a variety of jobs including seamstress and department store clerk; her father, William, was a metal machinist and craftsman. She graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in 1940 and enrolled at Brooklyn College; the next year she married Max Kitt, her former teacher. After withdrawing from college during World War II to work for government agencies in Washington, DC she returned to Brooklyn College and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1947. Divorced in 1951, later that year she married sociologist Peter Rossi, with whom she had three children. In 1957 she earned a Ph. D. in sociology from Columbia University, where her dissertation was entitled “Generational Differences in the Soviet Union.”...