Herpetologist Findlay Russell died peacefully on 21 August 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Russell was born in San Francisco in 1919 to William and Mary Jane Russell. He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy in science, particularly in the fields of toxicology and toxinology. He received his medical degree from Loma Linda University in 1952 and served as an army medic in World War II where he received a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.
Findlay Russell was the first president and founding member of the International Society of Toxinology (Toxicon) and continued throughout his life to support the study of toxins and venomous animals. He is recognized as one of the pioneering scientists to progress polyvalent crotalid antivenom for the use of snakebite envenomation. He served as professor of neurology, physiology and biology at the University of Southern California for over 30 years. He authored numerous scientific articles and books. In addition to his medical degree, he held a doctorate in English and was awarded an honorary degree in law from the University of Santa Barbara. His best known herpetological work was "Snake Venom Poisoning," published in 1980 by J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia.
Findlay Russell was a renowned speaker and was well respected by his colleagues. He lived in Portal, Arizona, where he spent much time enjoying the high desert and collecting tarantulas, scorpions, spiders and rattlesnakes. Dr. Russell leaves five children, Christa Russell Cessaro, Sharon Russell Boyle, Robin Russell, Connie Lane, and Mark Russell.
To be able to live one's dream for a lifetime is a great thing. Findlay Russell did it.
In Memoriam Findlay Ewing Russell (1919-2011)
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