Joint memorial service set for Robert Russell and son


Robert B. Russell II and Edward A. Russell: A combined obituary Saturday omitted as a survivor Robert B. Russell IV of Chapel Hill, N.C., son and brother respectively to the two deceased men.

A joint memorial service for Robert Bromwell Russell II, board chairman of Union Memorial Hospital, and one of his sons, Edward A. Russell, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. The elder Russell was 62. His son was 30.

Robert Russell of the 13800 block of Falls Road in Cockeysville and Edward, also of Cockeysville and a student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, were killed Wednesday when their Jeep Cherokee smashed into a tree on U.S. 50 near Cambridge as they headed home from a duck-hunting trip. The cause of the accident remains under investigation, state police said yesterday. After serving five years on the board of Union Memorial, the elder Mr. Russell was elected chairman Nov. 1. Previously, he had served as the board's finance committee chairman.

"Bobby Russell was an invaluable member of the board of directors of the Union Memorial Hospital," said Edward J. Kelly III, president and chief executive officer of Union Memorial. "The Union Memorial community will miss his steady hand of leadership tremendously. Our hearts and prayers are with his family."

The elder Mr. Russell also was a principal and chief operating officer of Investment Counselors of Maryland Inc. in Baltimore, a business he co-founded with others about 15 years ago. Before, he was a vice president at the Equitable Trust Co.; a partner in the Baltimore office of Middendorf Colgate & Co., a New $H York-based brokerage; and an assistant vice president at Robert Garrett & Sons of Baltimore, an investment banking house.

Colleagues described Robert Russell as a knowledgeable, energetic businessman who succeeded because he knew how to work with people.

"Among the greatest skills Bobby had were his people skills. He liked people. He was wonderful with people," said Craig Lewis, chief executive officer of Investment Counselors of Maryland Inc.

In addition, Robert Russell served on the boards of the Baltimore Community Fund and Medical Mutual Liability Insurance Society Maryland. He also was a trustee of the Middendorf Foundation, a philanthropic group.

"Bobby was a friendly, outgoing generous man committed to many community activities," said Dr. Jack Mulholland, his doctor and a longtime friend and golf partner. "He was coming on the board of the Union Memorial Hospital charging. That was the reason he was going to retire from his financial firm."

The elder Mr. Russell's hobbies included golf, fly fishing and waterfowl hunting. He belonged to the U.S. Seniors Golf Association, Maryland Club, Hamilton Street Club, Elkridge Club, Greenspring Valley Hunt Club, and Davis Harbor Yacht Club on the Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas, where he had a vacation home.

He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Glyndon and a member of the vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.

Born in Aiken, S.C., Mr. Russell was raised in Spartanburg and moved to Baltimore to live with relatives after his father died. He attended the Gilman School in 1951 and went to Princeton University, where he was twice class president, played football and lacrosse, and was a member of the Ivy Club. He graduated in 1955 and four years later married Susan Gooch.

His son Edward, who studied Russian and Spanish at the University of Colorado, was home for the Thanksgiving holiday when he and his father decided to go hunting, a family friend said. He attended the Gilman School and the Lawrenceville School and graduated in 1984 from Avon Old Farms School in New London, Conn., where he played lacrosse and soccer.

After attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for two years, Edward enlisted in 1986 in the Marine Corps, where he enrolled in the Defense Language Institute and became fluent in Russian. He was discharged in 1990 with the rank of lance corporal.

Mr. Russell, who planned a career as an international businessman, was described by family and friends as an avid hunter, fisherman and skier.

Survivors of the elder Mr. Russell, in addition to his wife, include another son, D. Craig Russell of Madrid, Spain; a daughter, Holloway Russell Westling of Oakland, Calif.; his mother, Ann Speake Russell of Spartanburg, S.C.; two brothers, Thomas Ewing Russell of Spartanburg and John Russell of Aiken, S.C.; and three grandchildren.

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