Throughout his life he derived great pleasure in renovating the houses in which he lived with his wife of 58 years, Francoise Miralet Stewart. In one they made flooring from oak trees that he had cut on the property. On another they built masonry patios and walls from local rock near the pond.
Russ was the son of Robert Stewart and Priscilla Moore Stewart and later the stepson of Peyton Houston ’32. At Princeton Russ was a member of Charter Club, where he played a lot of bridge. He majored in psychology, graduated with honors, and was elected to Sigma Xi, the honorary science fraternity. He roomed with Norm Augustine and then Chuck Acree, Bob Bolgard, and Tom Soper.
The Navy assigned Russ to an aircraft carrier in the Pacific, and after extending his commission, to Villefranche on the French Riviera. There he met and married Francoise, a fashion model. Russ then embarked on a marketing career with Colgate-Palmolive, Mennen, Gillette, General Hosts, and Brown & Williamson. He lived in Hong Kong and throughout this country before settling in Connecticut and starting his own marketing company.
Russ is survived by his wife, Francoise; son Georges, son James and his wife; and two granddaughters.