Russ died Jan. 21 2021, in Bridgeton, Maine, of complications of dementia.
Born in New York, he grew up in Massachusetts and was an award-winning graduate of Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass.
Russ entered Princeton as a member of ’62. He played varsity tackle and threw the shot put and discus. After a sabbatical, Russ graduated in the Class of ’65.
Before senior year Russ married Carol Keeney. Embarking on a post-graduation adventure, they taught at the American School in Karachi. Occasionally practicing with the Pakistani national track team, he broke records in the discus.
Returning home, Russ and Carol located in New Hampshire. Tragically, Carol died suddenly from an aneurysm. Embarking on a new life, Russ began teaching in public schools. Respected as a teacher and a principal, education became a deep passion. As a friend said, “He had an inexhaustible intellectual drive to understand teaching.” Russ pursued advanced education degrees as well.
Russ was buried in Exeter, N.H., beside Carol. He is survived by sister Carole and by many nieces and nephews. His family and friends will miss his warm and generous presence.