Gross, Don Hargrave (1923– )
American clergyman with special interests in paranormal
healing, on which he wrote extensively. Gross was born on February
16, 1923, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and studied at Carnegie
Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh (B.S. in physics,
He finished college just as World War II began and he
joined the United States Naval Reserve as a technical radar officer
(1944–46). He completed his seminary training at the Episcopal
Theological School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1949.
He served several parishes before returning to school to earn
a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh
(1959). From 1959 to 1960 he was assistant rector at Emmanuel
Church, Boston, Massachusetts, the famous church
from which the healing movement in the Episcopal Church
originated. In 1960 he became the associate rector at Christ
Church, Hamilton, Massachusetts.
Through the 1950s Gross wrote one book, The Case for Spiritual
Healing (1958), and a variety of articles on healing. He contributed
to the symposium ‘‘Spiritual Healing’’ in the spring
1956 issue of Religion in Life and wrote the section ‘‘Questions
and Answers on the Healing Ministry’’ for The Churches’ Handbook
for Spiritual Healing (1957). He had a special interest in
Kathryn Kuhlman, a healer from his hometown. He was a
member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and
a charter associate of the Parapsychological Association.
Gross, Don H. The Case for Spiritual Healing. New York T.
Nelson, 1958.
———. ‘‘Kathryn Kuhlman Another Point of View.’’ The
Pittsburgher (October–December 1954).
———. ‘‘Prayer That Heals.’’ Religion in Life (Spring 1955).
———. ‘‘Spiritual Healing and the Archbishop’s Commission.’’
International Journal of Parapsychology (Autumn 1959).