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Subject: WV founding filmmaker, Ross Watne, died last Tuesday
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Victor Ross Watne
Victor Ross Watne, 62, of Morgantown, passed away at Ruby Memorial
Hospital on Tuesday, March 23, 2004.
Ross was born Aug. 9, 1941, in Denver, Colo., son of the late Gerald C.
Watne and is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Brown Watne of Denver.
Ross graduated from Denver public schools and received a bachelor's
degree in mathematics from the University of Colorado, where he was a
member of the University skiing team. He continued his education at
Rutgers University, where he received a master's degree in mathematics.
He also graduated from WVU with a master's degree in communications.
Before moving to Morgantown, Ross was a math teacher in the Colorado
public schools. He also taught at Alderson-Broaddus and WVU.
In addition to his mother, Ross is survived by his wife, Mary "Tracy"
Reda; son and daughter-in-law, Davin Garth and Angela Watne, of Kansas
City, Mo.; sister and brother-in-law, Kay and Louis Stryker, of
Littleton, Colo.; nieces and spouses, Terry and Mike McBride, Betsy and
Carlton Taylor, Shelly and Ian Loughlin; great nieces and nephews,
Makayla, Brooke and Jake McBride, Blake Brown, Mackenzie Taylor, and
Brody and Owen Loughlin.
From 1971 through 1999, Ross was employed at WNPB, formerly known as
WWVU-TV, as a producer/director, where his works included "The Late
Great Bicentennial Film,""Mountain Scene Tonight" and the weekly
"Mountain Scene" and "West Virginia Vision." In the late 70's, he
produced a two-hour special about juvenile justice, "Not Doin' No Harm."
He co-produced "Do You Hear the Rain," a documentary following the life
of a single mother who adopted three severely disabled children. "Do You
Hear the Rain" was broadcast nationally and received awards from the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting, SECA, and the American Women in
Radio and Television. The Museum of Broadcasting in New York City
accepted the program into its permanent collection -- an honor no other
WV public television program has received.
He also produced "Some Girls," an intimate look into the lives of
troubled teenagers. The program won awards from the Film Council of
Columbus, the National Council on Family Relations, the National
Education Film and Video Festival, and the American Film and Video Festival.
He was the director of photography of "Portrait of Three Photographers"
as part of the Vandalia Sampler Series, featuring a newspaper photo
journalist, a panoramic photographer and a nature photographer for Wild
Wonderful West Virginia magazine. "Portrait of Three Photographers" won
the Best Cultural Documentary award in the 1986 regional PBS conference,
He did several montages for the Simple Gifts promotion that looked at
the simple pleasures of being a West Virginian. His short, "Jan's Love"
won a national PBS award.
His documentary "Arthurdale: A First Lady's Legacy" would be the most
in-depth look into the Preston County community established by Eleanor
Roosevelt. This documentary won a bronze Apple at the 1989 National Film
and Video Festival.
He edited the hour-long film documentary, "Forks of Cheat." Ross
produced, wrote and edited the highly successful "Road to College, A
Financial Primer for Parents and Students." The program is now in its
"Promises to Keep," an estate planning guide that Ross wrote, produced,
and directed was the final feature produced for WNPB in conjunction with
the WVU Foundation. Finally, he worked the WNPB segment "Homework Hotline."
Ross began his work with WVU Extension and WVU Television Productions in
January 2000 as a producer/director, where he worked on several projects
including "Energy Express," "Jackson's Mill 100th anniversary," "Virtual
PRT Ride" at the 2003 West Virginia State Fair, as well as other projects.
However, Ross' greatest co-production was his son Davin Watne, born Aug.
Friends may call at Hastings Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m Friday,
March 26, 2004. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m Saturday, March
27, with Father Don Higgs officiating. Interment will follow at Oak
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Marrow
Donor Program, 3001 Broadway St., NE, Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN 55413,
in memory of Ross V. Watne.
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