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Memorable Manitobans: John Stuart “Jack” Russell (1923-2014)


Born at Winnipeg on 21 January 1923, eldest son of John A. Russell and Betha Ivey, he was educated at United College and the University of Manitoba (BA) then received a degree in Library Science form the University of Toronto. In 1946, he returned to Winnipeg to become Assistant Librarian at United College. He moved to the University of Manitoba where he was Assistant Librarian of the Faculty of Medicine from 1950 to 1952. He was Chief Librarian of the St. James-Assiniboia Public Library from 1955 to 1979, and Winnipeg City Librarian frorm 1979 until retirement. He served three terms as President of the Manitoba Library Association, where he assisted in the development of public library service throughout the province. From 1960 to 1963, he represented Manitoba on the Advisory Council for the National Library of Canada. He also served on the Board of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He and wife Marion Booth (1924-2002, daughter of Charles Henry Booth) had no children. He died at Winnipeg on 7 February 2014 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Obituary [Marion Russell], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 November 2002, page 45.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 Febuary 2014, page C8.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 July 2019

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