Queer Places:
Yale University, 38 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT 06520
An American Place, 509 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022
Old Gray Cemetery Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA

This is Cary Ross in 1932, aged 29.Cary Ross (September 28, 1903 - August 27, 1951) was a Yale educated poet, published in several literary magazines and friends with Zelda and F. Scot Fitzgerald. In 1924, Philip Johnson’s father had given him stocks in Alcoa, the Aluminum Corporation of America; by the time he graduated from Harvard in the spring of 1930, he was a millionaire in his own right. By now he was having a passionate affair with the would-be poet Cary Ross, whom he had met through friends associated with the new Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ross was said to have been a friend of Ernest Hemingway and the F. Scott Fitzgerald in Paris in the 1920s. They resumed the affair, with a little less frenzy, in Paris in the summer. They took to spending a lot of time with an architecture scholar, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, also gay.

William Cary Ross, Jr, was born on September 28, 1902, Knoxville, Tenn., the son of William Cary Ross (1879–1956), secretary and treasurer of the United Equipment Co., and Lida McClung (1882–1968). He attended Ashville School and then Yale College, B. A. 1925. Yale relatives include Calvin M. McClung (grandfather), Lee McClung (great uncle), William N. Mallory (cousin).

He was assistant in charge of publicity of the Museum of Modern Arts, New York, from 1930 to 1932 and secretary to Alfred Stieglitz in 1932. Cary Ross was assistant director of the American Place Art Gallery in New York City and exhibited some of Zelda Fitzgerald’s art work and tried to out-drink F. Scott Fitzgerald and lost. Once when Zelda thought she had upset him she promised to make him a “pink and dreamy picture” and he in turn write a poem for the couple entitled “Seashores in the Sun for the Scott Fitzgeralds” He travelled to Paris, Germany, and Russia, writing, socialising, and translating Rilke, He spent time with Gertrude Stein, Virgil Thompson, Georgia O'Keefe, and the Cone Sisters of Baltimore among many others. He was there for the start of the Museum of Modern Art working closely with Alfred Barr, and believed in the cultural significance of museums, donated art work from several famous artists to museums across the US.

A true intellectual and an artist, he spent his short life with some of the greatest, most famous names of the 1920s and 30s.

He died August 29, 1951, Baltimore, Md., and is buried in Old Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, Tenn.

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