The class lost a dear friend on June 24, 1999, when Russ died in Sunnyvale, Calif. He was 33.
Originally from Moraga, Calif., Russ was one of the original "clapper nabbers," tracking down the clapper on the freshman year hunt. He captained the varsity water polo team, and after taking a year off to travel, he graduated with a degree in economics. He was a member of Cloister Inn.
After a stint at Price Waterhouse, he earned his MBA from the U. of California at Berkeley. At the time of his death, he was a manager at Hewlett-Packard.
Russell married Jill Firpo in 1992. They had two daughters, Shannon, who came to our 10th reunion, and Ally, born five weeks after his death.
At Russ's funeral, Don Berthiaume '88 eulogized our friend, saying, "Russell possessed the best of all qualities. He was intelligent, athletic, energetic, and compassionate. He was honest, dedicated, dependable, and fun to be around. Among his fellow Princetonians, to us, he represented everything that a Princetonian should be."
The class extends its deepest sympathy to Jill, Shannon, and Ally; Russell's parents, Lad and Leslie; and sisters Becky Janssen and Megan.
Donations can be made to the Class of '88 Memorial Scholarship Fund; the Peninsula Habitat for Humanity in Menlo Park, Calif.; or the Larkin Street Youth Center in San Francisco.
The Class of 1988