WC Hall of Famer & Long-Time Supporter Bill Russell Passes Away

WC Hall of Famer & Long-Time Supporter Bill Russell Passes Away

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — The Washington College Athletics family is saddened to learn of the passing of William R. "Bill" Russell, Jr., class of 1953. Russell, 87, was an All-American lacrosse goalie while attending the College, was inducted into the College's Athletic Hall of Fame, and was a long-time benefactor and supporter of the athletic department and the College as a whole.

Russell was named a third-team All-American (chosen from among all collegiate lacrosse teams) as a senior at the College in 1953. That same season, he served as a team co-captain and was named the best collegiate goalie in the state of Maryland. Following the season, he played 50 minutes in goal in the North-South Senior All-Star Game, leading his team to a 12-9 win and earning co-Most Valuable Player honors.

Russell was also a standout on the soccer field, playing fullback for two seasons and earning All-South honors in 1952. Prior to joining the soccer team, he played on the College's final football team in 1950 as an offensive lineman and linebacker.

Following his graduation, Russell's ties to the College grew even stronger. He served on the College's Board of Visitors and Governors for many years, heading the presidential search committee that named Douglass Cater as the College's President. He supported both the men's lacrosse team and the entire athletics department for decades, including a run as a radio announcer for lacrosse games on WCTR.  

Russell's son, William R. Russell III, graduated from Washington College in 1980. His granddaughter, Lindsay Russell, is a rising senior and member of the College's women's soccer team.