R-MC Board of Trustees Chairman Macon Brock '64, Tim Russert, President Robert Lindgren
Dear Members of the Randolph-Macon College Community,
I know I speak for all of us when I say that our hearts and spirits are heavy with
the untimely passing of one of our nation's most respected journalists, Tim Russert.
On behalf of our Randolph-Macon family, I would like to extend our deepest condolences
to his family during this time of unspeakable loss.
Randolph-Macon had the privilege of having Tim Russert with us just two weeks ago,
on May 31, for this year’s Commencement Ceremony. Each of us who met Tim found him
to be a kind and genuine man with a passion for others. He was excited to be in
Ashland for the first time. He delivered a rousing and inspiring address to our
graduates, their families and guests, and R-MC was honored to award him a well-deserved
Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree, which he graciously accepted.
And we will never forget his reaction when, at the end of his address and on behalf
of the Class of 2008, I presented Tim with a special R-MC football jersey with his
name on the back as well as a Yellow Jacket hat, which he promptly donned, while
pumping his fists in the air shouting, "Go Yellow Jackets."
During Tim's address, he spoke of life changing events in our nation's history.
He talked of politics and the upcoming election. However, for me his most memorable
moments were when he spoke of his dad, a man he affectionately called "Big Russ."
He generously credited his father with teaching him "the true lessons of life."
It is poignant indeed that he passed away on Father's Day weekend, a holiday that
he no doubt looked forward to sharing with his own son and father, and one that
he helped make more special for millions of other fathers and children through his
wonderful books, Big Russ and Me and Wisdom of Our Fathers. It was
obvious that Tim put his own family first above all else, and as I pointed out in
my introduction of him, Tim Russert definitely had his priorities straight.
We will certainly remember Tim Russert as one of the most important journalists
of our time. But today, we first remember him as a beloved father and son, and as
a friend of Randolph-Macon.
Robert R. Lindgren