Dr. John Patrick Rossi was born in Philadelphia in 1936 to Gabriel (Al) and Muriel Rossi. He was raised by two aunts, an uncle, and his grandfather in lower Olney. He attended La Salle College High School, received his B. A. in history from La Salle College in 1958, his M. A. from Notre Dame in 1960, and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. His dissertation was on the British Liberal Party from 1874 to 1880. He began teaching at La Salle College in 1962; was associate editor of "Four Quarters"; received the Lindback Award; developed popular classes on World War II, baseball history, and George Orwell; and served as History Department chair. He has published many works on the British Liberal Party, baseball history, Orwell, and other topics. After retiring, he received the honorable title "Professor Emeritus."
Rossi, John Patrick and Pearson, Gregg S., "Interview of John P. Rossi, Ph.D." (2006). All Oral Histories. 20.
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