I was a guest at tumbling mc d ranch since the 1950's and fondly remember Tom as a very kind and patient rangler to all of us kids. I went to the ranch and later, the camp until I went to college.
Bar non the best memories ever.
Virginia molinari,alamo, ca.
Dr. Russell was my chief of surgery at Presbyterian when I was a resident. He leaves behind a legacy of colorful stories that will keep him immortal while we walk the earth and continue to do surgery.
Peter Wolff M.D., F.A.C.S.
Tom Russell, my senior resident, you are a true gentleman physician. It is my honor to have known you when I was a young intern and then a young physician (1967).
You will always be remembered by those you have touched, like me. You always had a smile for me whenever we met. It felt as if we were brothers in arms. I shall miss you brother.
Mel "Yogi" Bert,MD,FACS
Tom was all one could be as a surgeon, a friend, a student, a leader, a dad, a husband, a serviceman and all the rest. It was our pleasure to have walked some of the road with him.
He was the the surgeon you would want for a loved one.
A wonderful man, teacher, and leader.
RIP Dr. Russel you were a great Dr. and a great human being.
I am saddened to learn, just coincidentally, of Dr. Russell's death. He was a great friend to my father, Dr. George Sheldon, and honored his passing by traveling all the way to Salina Kansas to participate in Dad's burial service there. The Russells were also extremely generous to us as a family by letting us stay in their home when my sister had surgery in SF. It was a great help for my dad to have a comfortable place to stay during a stressful time. I had the honor of having lunch with my Dad, and Drs. Lim and Blaisdell in February 2013, in SF. Dr. Russell also took out my appendix at SFGH when I was 13 while he was a resident! He was a great man and I wish his wife and daughters peace during a difficult time. I still miss my dad so much so know the pain you are enduring. best to you on behalf of the Sheldon family.
May you rest in peace dear friend and colleague....Aloha, Livingston Wong, MD
I had surgery with Dr. Russell many years ago and didn't have good insurance. I don't remember paying much at all for it and after reading about what a generous and fine human he was I am now thinking that he pulled some strings and I was not charged full price. Thank you, Dr. Russell!
I only met Tom Russell a few times, mainly at family weddings. We got along well! One morning while in the same hotel in New York for a wedding and while the rest of the relatives were eating breakfast Tom and I discovered each other in the fitness room. I looked at Tom and asked: Why are the two oldest guys running while the rest eat? He looked at me with that fantastic smile and said “Because were smarter health wise.” My hobby is still running and the next ½ marathon is on September 29th. Tom, I´ll run wearing a T-Shirt with your name on it for you!
Xavier Chiampi and Ursula and Family
A generous spirit and true optimist who always helped those around him appreciate the opportunities and overcome the challenges. He helped so many.
I am so sorry to hear about Dr Russell's death. I had the great honor to work with him and his patients as a RN at CPMC. My heart goes out to his wife and children and all the family.
Lieutenant Commander JG Tom Russell MD entered my life in December 1969, at a gala dinner at the Martinez hotel, in Cannes, on the French Riviera, given for the officers of USS Forestall.
He changed my life and became a dear friend of all whom he came into contact with in France, over 40 years ago.
Rarely have I encountered such a good man.
He devoted his to save, but he went way too quickly.
I am so sorry to hear of our loss of a wonderful physician, colleague and friend. I have been a nurse at CPMC for 34 years and there is not a kinder, more generous man than Tom Russell. He would always take the time to stop and say hello and acknowledge the care and concern we gave to his patients. He will definitely be missed.
Town School on, It was a privilege to have known Tom.
A wonderful person. The world needs more like Tommy. I remember going to Stinson with Tommy, his sister Susie and his Mom in the 7th grade. We rode in that maroon Buick station wagon with the woody sides. In 1994, Tommy saved my sister's life. He was an unbelievable caregiver and physician.
We meet Tom at Tumbling McD Ranch, working for Archie McDougal. He became a good friend of ours. We enjoyed our visits when he came to the valley. Doc was responsible for helping me get into the Va hospital when I had kidney failure many years ago. We will always be grateful for his friendship. We send love and prayers to Nona and the family. We will miss our visits with Doc.
We are sorry for the loss of your Husband and Father. He was a kind man. A good friend to our family. He will be missed.
I was fortunate to have met Dr Russell at CPMC. He was a Very Fine Man !!
Thank you, Tom Kowalski Dept of PMR, CPMC
Tom was a kind and giving person. I had the honor and joy of working with him and his lovely family. He will be missed.
My very best love sent to the family
I was fortunate to work with Tom for 10 years during his tenure as Executive Director of the ACS. He was a great leader, a trusted executive, and a wonderful example on how to manage people, and I learned a lot from him. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
He was my doctor many years ago and I was very impressed with his skill and personability. He told me to read Shakespeare instead of about the condition causing me to obsess.
So sorry for your families loss. The world has lost a wonderful Doctor. Dr. Russel helped with my father a couple of times at the Va Hospital in San Francisco. All I had to do was give him a call. He was there in no time. He will be missed by our family & many more. Thoughts & prayers to his family.
Our family knew Tom for many good years, from the time he worked at the Tumbling McD in Philo and later built his home there. A fine country gentleman who will be missed.
Your spirit will live on in all who knew you: your patients, your family, your friends, your colleagues. Rest in peace.
Tom was the best resident in our group, a gentleman, a colleague that I admired greatly. He had the people skills I never had. Did an A-P resection on my mother-in-law with a great longterm result. Tom represented the very best of what a surgeon could be.
Truly one of the best surgeons I have known. More than that one of the best people I've had the pleasure of knowing. RIP Tom.
A baseball catcher, a friend, and a medical healer. Arnold Chamove
Tom was the epitome of what is defined as a Surgeon, a friend, and a gentleman. His contributions were unsurpassed. The Illinois Chapter of the American College of Surgeons has the greatest respect for him. Philip Siegert, M.D., FACS
I am so sad to hear of your passing. It was an honor to be a part of the College with you as the Executive Director.
Rest in peace my boss and my friend. I have been blessed to have known you. Fred Holzrichter