Dr. William Russell, former professor and academic dean at Geneva College, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2009. He was a devoted husband, father, teacher and friend. He is now rejoicing with the Lord, but will be sorely missed by the college, his wife and family, church and community.
Dr. Russell first served as a professor of history at Geneva College, and was named academic dean in 1963. He did much to raise academic standards for the faculty, and worked tirelessly to advance the Christ-centered mission of the college. Even after his retirement in 1985, Dr. Russell continued as a dedicated member of the campus community. He also taught at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS) in Pittsburgh from 1985-1996.
Dr. Russell was an active member of College Hill Reformed Presbyterian church in Beaver Falls, and served as an elder for many years. He is survived by his wife, Martha, and his children, Mary Louise and Dale.
Friends will be received on Saturday, May 9, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hill and Kunselman Funeral Home, 3801 Fourth Avenue, Beaver Falls. The funeral service will be held on Monday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at the College Hill Reformed Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls. There will be a private interment following the service.
Of Geneva's 96 full-time faculty members, 76% have earned doctorates.