Robert C. Russell, former superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools from 1984-1995, died Sunday, June 2nd in Elkins, West Virginia. Mr. Russell was 83.
Bob Russell began his career as a music teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools following four years of military service with the United States Air Force Band. In 1960, Mr. Russell began his twelve year administrative career as assistant principal and principal of the new Lanier Intermediate School (now Lanier Middle School). Following his principalship and retirement in 1984 from Robinson High School, Mr. Russell was appointed Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools where he remained until 1995.
“Bob’s passing is a great loss for the Fairfax City community,” said Dr. Peter Noonan, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools. “Bob was a dedicated servant to the Fairfax City students and he will be missed.”
During his tenure as superintendent Mr. Russell oversaw the design and construction of the theatre at LMS to be used by students and the community for artistic performances. In 1996, the City of Fairfax School Board unanimously voted to name the theatre the Robert C. Russell Auditorium.
Mr. Russell, a city of Fairfax resident for over 30 years, was also an active member of the Rotary Club of Fairfax, where he was “Rotarian of the Year” in 1993.
“Bob Russell will be remembered for his leadership as a school administrator and city school superintendent,” said Janice Miller, Chairman of the City of Fairfax School Board. “He was a consensus builder with a keen sense of humor and had an uncanny ability to connect with people with his folksy charm. He will be missed.”