Dr. Russell passed away December 24, 2018
May 30, 1931 – December 24, 2018
Charles Arlington “Charlie” Russell ’66 was born on Memorial Day, May 30, 1931 and died December 24, 2018, his wife of 66 years, Margie, by his side.
Dr. Russell, being the eldest son of Charles Ira and Eva Lena (Chapman) Russell, was blessed having seven sisters, and had time afforded for reading and study, having determined to be a doctor by the age of five. He worked his way through Maplewood Academy, though his plans for medicine were temporarily side-railed in his second year at Union College when he met his bride to be, Marjorie M. Holm, on campus. His question to her, some 6 weeks after first meeting, “Where have you been? I’ve been looking all over for you!” united their hearts and they were married March 1, 1952. After 7 years of supporting his wife and two young sons, Charles Alan Russell ’78A , and Donald Eugene Russell, ’85, as a catepiller operator in Lincoln, Nebraska for LeRoy Wasemiller, he resumed premedical studies at Union. Charlie liked to say he was the first doctor to operate on the new LLUMC grounds as he was one of the bulldozer operators who helped clear the orange groves for the new University Hospital. Upon receiving his medical doctorate, he spent the next 7 years in internship/residency: one year each in internship (Porter Memorial Hospital), General Surgery and Neurosurgery (LLU and Affiliated Hospitals); completing his Orthopedic residency (LLU and Affiliated Hospitals) in 1973. Dr. Russell joined the Metcalf Orthopedic Medical Group in West Covina, California where he practiced for 24 years, adding a Foot and Ankle Fellowship with F. William Wagner, M.D. in 1985. Prior to his first retirement in 1994, Dr. Russell worked for a year as an Agreed Medical Examiner performing Workman’s Compensation Evaluations. Charlie retired in the Minnesota Lake Country near Pequot Lakes where his love for medicine drew him back to work for 7 years, covering call and then back into clinic and surgery at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, MN.
Charlie’s second retirement in 2006 “stuck”. He was a life-long poet, publishing a book of poems in 2015; and a master woodcarver, producing many acclaimed works of art. Charlie was passionate about collecting and polishing rocks and garnered many ribbons for his watercolor paintings.
Dr. Russell is survived by his wife, Margie, his two sons, Charles and Donald, a granddaughter, Chelsea Russell, and a great granddaughter, Chloe Russell-King. Also surviving are his brother, James Russell, and family (great nephew David Russell ’12), and three sisters, Nina Christianson, Addie Olson, and Alvina Peterson, and their families.