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William Francis Russell ’38

Published in Jan. 28, 1998, issue

Confirmed equestrian Bill Russell died while in his walking boots Apr. 9, 1996, in NYC.

Bill prepped at Riverdale and Taft Schools. At Princeton he was active with the polo squad (manager in '38), the pistol squad, Whig-Clio debating panel, and a member of Colonial Club.

A product of our ROTC unit, Bill went on active duty in June 1940, first teaching in our ROTC and then serving with the Field Artillery of the 86th Division until discharged as major in May 1946.

His AB in politics was followed by graduate work at Harvard Business School and NYU, and after the war he worked for some years with Dun & Bradstreet. Recent data on Bill's business career is missing, but he was a member of both the Princeton Club of New York and the Union League Club, as well as the Nassau Club of Princeton, his residence during many reunions.

At our 50th reunion in 1988, Bill very graciously returned to Pres. Shapiro the bell clapper from Nassau Hall which he had kept carefully polished since freshman year.

A longtime bachelor, Bill married Wendy Hatch, widow of Sinclair Hatch '28, on June 24, 1993. To Wendy and Bill's nieces and nephew (the children of his roommate, the late Scudder Winslow, and Bill's sister Elizabeth), the class extends its sympathy.

The Class of 1938

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