RUSSELL, JAMES W., 91, veteran journalist, World War II vet and longtime Miami resident, died peacefully on July 21. Jim is best remembered as the Miami Herald's business /financial editor and columnist for over 40 years. Born in Shreveport, LA on 11/30/1921 to James W. Russell Sr. and Aline Faulk, and raised in West Monroe, LA, along with his younger brother David. He majored in his lifelong love, journalism, at Louisiana State University. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps, flying 65 combat missions on a B-26 bomber crew in Europe. After the war Jim joined the International News Service in Atlanta, covering a wide variety of news, sports, and celebrity features syndicated in news outlets worldwide. He became INS bureau chief in Miami in 1947, where he was assigned a feature writer/columnist, Jean Buck of Atlanta, to assist him. Their 53-year marriage began in 1949. They moved to Tallahassee in 1950 where he worked for United Press, and back to Atlanta with INS in 1952, before finally settling at the Miami Herald in 1957. Russell communicated the news in a way that made it accessible to the average reader without sacrificing the art of excellent reporting. He spent his final years with his loving companion, Sylvia Sheldon. Russell was preceded in death by his wife Jean Russell in 2002 and his brother David Russell in 1981. He is survived by his daughters, Nancy Russell Dearr (Ryan) of Miami and Eileen Russell (Paul Goure) of Atlanta, as well as five grandchildren: Taylor and Siobhan Dearr, and Devin, Cuyler and Travis Goure. Funeral Services will be at 11 AM, Mon, July 29 at Stanfill Funeral Home 10545 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication.
Published in Miami Herald on July 26, 2013