In Memoriam: Gordon W. Russell
Gordon W. Russell, a founding faculty member of the University of Lethbridge and Professor
Emeritus in the Department of Psychology, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2012, at the
age of 80 years.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife Audrey Russell; his children Cam Russell and
Shelley (Curtis) Svidal; and his granddaughters Serena and Sierra.
Among his 70-plus publications are several books, including Violence in Intimate Relationships
(1988), The Social Psychology of Sport (1993), Sport Fans (2001), Sport Science Secrets (2001);
Aggression in the Sports World: A Social Psychological Perspective (2008) and Sport’s Open
Professor Russell was a member of the International Society for Research on Aggression, having
served as its Treasurer from 1988 to 1994. During this same period, he was the book review
editor for the journal Aggressive Behavior. Most recently, he served as Executive Secretary of
the International Society for Research on Aggression.
Since his retirement in 1995, he remained active in research, writing articles for scientific
journals. His research centered on human aggression with a recent focus on the social/personality
characteristics of those instigating riots and others who would dissuade them.
In keeping with Professor Russell’s implicit wishes, no services are planned. If desired,
memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon.
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