Russell, Findlay Ewing

Master pnID: 
AMH-PN3183
History of Arizona medicine; collections of Orville Harry Brown, M.D. [AHSL Special Collections WZ 70 AA7 H673]: 
volume 11, page(s) 307
Degree|Title|Profession: 
MD
Residence(s): 
Los Angeles CA
Residence(s): 
Tucson

AHSC In Memoriam: Findlay Russell (8/22/2011):
Dr. Russell 1919-2011. Findlay Ewing Russell, a physician, neurosurgeon and toxicologist, died peacefully Aug. 21 in Phoenix. Dr. Russell came to the UA College of Pharmacy in 1981 after serving as professor of neurology, biology and physiology at the University of Southern California and director of the Laboratory of Neurological Research and Venom Poisoning Center at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
Dr. Russell received his medical degree from Loma LInda University in 1952 after serving as an Army medic in World War II. He was a Fulbright Scholar, a visiting professor at universities throughout the world and a consulant for the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders and the National Science Foundation. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Santa Barbara in 1989. In 1992, the UA College of Pharmacy established the Findlay E. Russell Distinguished Citizen Award in his honor and named him the first recipient. During his years at UA, Dr. Russell was known for his wit, his passion for steam engines and vintage cars and his collections of spiders, scorpions and rattlesnakes. He greatly enjoyed spending private time in his "retreat" in Portal, Arizona. He is survived by five children, 10 grandchildren and a great-grandson. Condolences may be sent to the Russell family at 25611 N. Moon Blossom Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85083. Those wishing to make a memorial gift are asked to donate to the Portal Fire and Rescue Station, Box 16331, Portal, AZ 85632. Public services are not planned at this time.

HSC Weekly 2011-09-30: Longtime USC professor Findlay Russell, 91. Former USC professor Findlay Ewing Russell died on Aug. 21, just days before his 92nd birthday. Russell served as professor of neurology, physiology and biology at USC for 30 years and was the first president and founding member of the International Society of Toxinology. He was a pioneer in the advancement of polyvalent crotalid antivenom for snakebites, and has several species of arachnids named after him. Russell received his medical degree from Loma Linda University in 1952 and worked as a physician and neurosurgeon before serving as an army medic in Okinawa, Japan, during World War II. He returned home with a Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars and wounds that limited his dexterity. Unable to perform surgery, Russell began his academic career at Caltech and continued at USC, where he served as director of the Laboratory of Neurological Research. A Fulbright scholar, Russell was a visiting professor to numerous colleges and universities throughout the world. He was awarded the Skylab Achievement Award for his work with NASA and consulted for the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders and the National Science Foundation. His last 15 years were spent in the School of Pharmacology at the University of Arizona. Russell is survived by five children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Record ID # 17661 http://theweekly.usc.edu/detail.php?recordnum=17661

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