Russ died April 23, 2018. Born in Franklin, N.J., he lived a good part of his life in Nashville, Tenn. His wife of 63 years, Margaret “Peggy,” predeceased him by seven days.
Russ came to us from the Lawrenceville School. At Princeton he took his meals at Cannon, and his roommates were John Fischbeck and Fred McFall.
He joined the Navy V-12 program for war service and was sent by the Navy to Cornell with 50 Princeton classmates to study engineering. He graduated from Cornell in early 1945. Russ always considered Princeton his alma mater and graduated Cornell only by virtue of war service. He attended Princeton Reunions as a loyal ’46er.
After discharge from the Navy in 1946, he began work with the New Jersey Zinc (NJZ) Co. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, then he returned to NJZ at its Depue, Ill., plant in the engineering department. There he met Peggy. A corporate reorganization with Gulf and Western Industries and subsequent relocation took him and his family to Nashville, where he eventually retired.
He was a devoted husband and a kind and generous father and grandfather. He and Peggy continued to be very active in their retirement and had many friends and interests. Russ was a skilled golfer and a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He served as an elder, was part of the church’s Good Samaritans, and played in the Changing Gears Bell Choir.
He is survived by daughter Katherine and her husband, Jerry; sons Lawrence and his wife, Marilyn, and Arthur and his wife, Helene; and grandchildren Arthur, Mary Elizabeth, and Leah.