When Jane T. Russell died on May 10, she left a legacy at PLU that continues in the lives that were touched through her care and dedication. A former member of PLU's Board of Regents and the guiding force behind many projects on campus, Russell fought a courageous battle with cancer. The Mary Baker Russell Music Building named in honor of her mother-in-law was one of the many projects Jane Russell spearheaded.
"For Jane, it was an abundant life simply filled with people," PLU President Loren Anderson said. "In so many ways she was the Good Shepherd personified for all of us, for our causes, for our community and for our quality of life."
Anderson presided over Russell's memorial service and spoke on behalf of PLU, and the Choir of the West sang.
In addition to her work at PLU, Russell and her husband, George, started the Russell Family Foundation in 1994. The foundation awards grants to organizations promoting family, community and sustainable environments. They were also instrumental in founding Tacoma's new International Museum of Glass. The museum opened the doors of its distinctive space in July.
"Her interests and philanthropy knew few bounds, and she was just beginning." Anderson said. "She is greatly missed."