Born Oct. 10, 1920, in Watertown, S.D., Dr. Ross Horning led a life that many people only dream of, from playing professional baseball to dining with dignitaries around the world. He lived in all parts of the world, including India, Russia and Canada and visited a number of places, like Istanbul, Moscow, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Austria, Hungary, and China.
Dr. Horning was a professional baseball player with the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs, and the only player ever to be traded to the other team during a game. Because of this, he was called as a witness on baseball's "reserve clause."
Dr. Horning earned his B.A. in history from Augustana College, South Dakota. He then earned his M.A. in foreign affairs and his Ph.D. in Russian history, international law, and European diplomatic and American diplomatic histories from George Washington University.
At George Washington, Dr. Horning was a Sanders Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar in India. He also studied at the Institute of Languages & Linguistics, Georgetown University and Moscow State University. He served three years in the U.S. Air Force.
Dr. Horning began teaching at Creighton in 1964 as an assistant professor of history. He became an associate professor in 1965 and a professor in 1968.
In 1982, Dr. Horning received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award from Creighton University. He and his wife, Maxine, established the Dr. Ross Horning Endowed scholarship for history majors in 1995.
Dr. Horning was elected president of the University Faculty three times and served on the University Athletic Board and the University Public Honors Committee. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society, and the Omaha Press Club, among many others. He was a life member of the Fulbright Alumni Association, part of Who's Who in America since 1982, a platinum member of the Jaybackers and a strong supporter of various Omaha foundations.
Dr. Horning was a welcome addition to Creighton and just like his stories, his life was full of excitement and fascination. His liveliness, intelligence and dedication to Creighton will be missed.
The Horning Lectures
March 17, 2008 "America: The Next Chapter" Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska's senior U.S. Senator
March 28, 2007 "Common Ground, Common Cause: The Canada-United States Partnershp" Mr. Kim Butler, Consul General of Canada at Minneapolis
April 11, 2006 "America: The Road Ahead" Sen. George McGovern, United Nations Global Ambassador on World Hunger