Jack Russell, Esq., '44
In the 1940s, Randolph-Macon’s enrollment topped out at 300. Tuition cost $150 per
year and the campus was comprised of just three buildings. For Jack Russell, Esq.,
’44, the campus teemed with possibilities, and as he reflects on his life at R-MC,
he exudes a sense of nostalgia and wonder.
“I knew that Randolph-Macon was a good school, so my father and I visited the campus,”
says Russell. “We met with then-President J. Earl Moreland and I made my decision
to go to R-MC. I received a $75 scholarship toward tuition and was the only person
to graduate from R-MC without attending any classes during senior year.”
Russell explains that he enlisted in the Navy and was called into service during
his junior year. While in the Navy he completed his education through the V-12 Navy
College program, designed to supplement the force of commissioned officers in the
U.S. Navy during World War II. Russell’s V-12 credits—along with credits from a
Spanish course taken at the University of Richmond—were transferred to R-MC, where
he graduated with the Class of ’47.
He continued his education and earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University.
Russell has practiced law for nearly 60 years, specializing in malpractice law for
40 years. He credits his Randolph-Macon education for giving him a broad base of
knowledge. “The thinking skills you acquire with an R-MC liberal arts education
are invaluable,” says Russell.
Russell serves on the executive committees for the Presidents Society and the Boydton
Society. “It’s been interesting to watch the college grow,” says Russell. “The future
is very bright for R-MC. President Lindgren will see to it that the school continues
to grow and remain one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country.”
Russell’s latest venture involves one of the buildings on R-MC’s original campus
in Boydton, Virginia. With the help of a Methodist Church-based foundation and some
friends, he hopes to raise enough funds to acquire the original building site and
restore the historic building. “Everyone who has seen the portion of the building
that is still standing has been fascinated by it. I’m confident we’ll succeed in
restoring this marvelous piece of history.”
For information on the acquisition and restoration of the Boydton building, contact
Jack Russell at email@example.com or 804-347-3627.