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March 04, 2013
As one raised in Kilgore and whose mother had the honor and privilege to have Van in her Biology class at KHS, I hurt deeply to learn of his passing. While at Juilliard, Van came down to the pier in New YOrk City as my mom, Mildred Russell, was about to board the Queen Mary. The photo still exists, Mom, 5 foot one inch, beside Van, 6 foot four. I was fortunate to attend an after-breakfast impromptu concert, for five of us, on my mother's little Story and Clark upright. Mom worked with Rildia on civic music business, and on such occasions as her breakfast, she always asked Rildia if she could "borrow" Van when he was home from Juilliard. Many from Kilgore hurt with me, I'm sure.
Jimmy Russell
Kilgore HS, Class of '45.
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