Former UM System President George Russell Dies

Dec 29, 2016

Dr. George Russell
Credit University of Missouri - Kansas City

A man who was the longtime chancellor of the University of Missouri campus is Kansas City before serving as the four-campus university system's president has died. 

The university announced Wednesday that George Russell was 95 when he died Tuesday at his home in a Kansas City retirement community. The cause of death was not released. The World War II veteran who spent 20 years in the Navy served as Missouri-Kansas City's chancellor from 1977 to 1991, when he was appointed the University of Missouri system's president. He retired in 1996.

Services for Russell will be at 2 Friday afternoon at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Military graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Charleston, Missouri.