Frederick William Russell
The Honourable Frederick William Russell, O.C., K. St. J., C.D.,
LL.D., former chair of the Board of Regents and an honorary graduate
of Memorial University, passed away June 20 in St. Johns.
Frederick Russell was born in St. Johns, studied at Holloway
School and Prince of Wales College in St. Johns and at
Dalhousie University, Halifax, and the Atlantic School for Advanced
Business Administration in Halifax. He joined the Royal Canadian
Air Force in 1942 and trained in Canada as a pilot. He served
in Britain, France and Holland as a Mosquito night fighter pilot.
In 1949, he was a founding member of the Air Cadet Movement in
Newfoundland. He retired as a Wing Commander, Royal Canadian
Air Force Reserve.
In 1992, he was appointed Honorary Colonel of 103 Rescue Unit
in Gander, Newfoundland, and in 1995 he was appointed Honorary
Colonel of 5 Wing, Goose Bay, and 9 Wing, Gander. He was president
of a number of companies in St. Johns including Blue Peter
Steamships Limited, Terra Nova Motors Limited and the Cruiseship
Authority of Newfoundland and Labrador. He served as a member
of the board of National Sea Products Limited, Halifax, for 17
years. He was a director of the Atlantic Pilotage Authority (1971-75),
a member of the Newfoundland Labour Relations Board for 35 years;
a director of the Newfoundland Employers Labour Relations Council
(1974-83); a director of the Canadian Industrial Renewal Board,
Montreal, (1983-87); a member and then chairman of the Board
of Regents, Memorial University (1961-83).
He was appointed a director of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency, Moncton, in 1986, and became vice-chairman of that board
in 1990. He was a founding member of St. James United Church
(1959), St. Johns; president of the Newfoundland Board
of Trade (1960); a member of the executive committee of the Canadian
Chamber of Commerce (1967-72); chairman of the United Church
School Board (1974-82).
In 1976, he received an honorary doctorate of law from Memorial
University. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada
in 1979 and an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999. He served
as Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland from November 1991 to