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“Dick was an engineer's engineer in the truest sense of the word. His technical designs became an industry standard for others to try to match. I...Read More »
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“Thinking of you. So so sorry to hear of Dick's death. All our love Dusty and Normhbise ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Dusty and Norm Logan - New London, NH

“Dick was an amazing individual. He will be missed by an entire industry and by me personally. In fact, I feel older today. We started our...Read More »
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Richard W. Russell has died of complications resulting from cancer. At his death, Mr. Russell was President of James Russell Engineering, an innovative, world-class producer of compressed gas trailers and cryogenic engineering technology. Mr. Russell was also a founding partner of Thermax, Inc., an important manufacturer of vaporizers and other related products.
Aside from his work and his family, Mr. Russell's interests were broadly divided into boats and books. He was the "powerplant" of the 1949 Yale crew that shocked Harvard (ending 14 consecutive Crimson victories in the Harvard-Yale Regatta) and set a course record that lasted for decades. The previous year, Mr. Russell had narrowly missed qualifying for the U.S. Olympic rowing team. Moreover, Mr. Russell was also a successful sailor in the Wianno Senior class, competing out of Cotuit, Massachusetts, where he maintained a summer house.
A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale University and a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Russell pursued his passion for learning, reading and discussing history and politics to the end of his life. His interests ranged from the ancient civilizations of the near East to the writings of Sun Tzu and the films of Kurosawa, from the military history of World War Two to the essays and fiction of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. He also served in U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence from 1952 to 1955 and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon.
He is survived by Katherine Wehmann Russell, his wife of 56 years; his children Dr. Warren King Russell II, Elizabeth Suzanne Russell, Margaret Warburg and Richard Andrew Russell; as well as seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and his beloved dog, "Dude."
Services will be held at the Wellesley Village Congregational Church, 2 Central St, Wellesley MA on Friday, November 18 at 2pm, with a reception to follow afterwards. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the Gastro Intestinal Cancer Research Group headed by Dr. Ramesh Shivdasani at The Dana- Farber Cancer Institute 450 Brookline Ave Boston, MA 02215 or The Salvation Army 25 Shawmut Rd Canton, MA 02021.