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John "Russell" Lindquist


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John "Russell" Lindquist Obituary
May 22, 1924 - July 15, 2015 John "Russell" Lindquist was born on May 22, 1924 to Emily Dahl and Clarence Lindquist. He passed away peacefully on July 15, 2015 at the age of 91. Russ had a worldview and was intrigued by cultural differences and international politics. He loved a gathering of any kind, loved to dance, and was upbeat and positive with everyone he met. Russ, a child of the Depression, was an energetic Swede, and a hard worker. He rarely spoke of his many accomplishments, but always inquired about how others were doing, and reveled in their successes. He was especially proud of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. Russ joined the Navy at 18 and trained as a pilot, but WWII ended before he was sent overseas. He returned home to Minneapolis and graduated from the U of Minn. where he met and married Helen Bjellaness. Helen and Russ moved to Florida and began the first of many house-building and remodeling projects. He also taught junior high school, worked with the Miami YMCA, and completed his Master's in Education. In 1960 Russ, Helen and four young children relocated to a Chicago suburb where Helen earned her MSW and Russ worked with the YMCA. In 1964 the family moved to Huntington Beach, CA. He earned his Doctorate in Education at USC; taught classes there and subsequently became Director of the International Education Center at California State University, Long Beach. He worked with students from all over the world, always teaching, encouraging, and promoting their education. He was an active member of NAFSA the Association of International Educators, American Scandinavian Foundation, UNA and International Community Council of Long Beach. Russ remained in the U.S. Naval Reserve for most of his adult life, retiring with the rank of Captain. In 1978-79, Russ was the Director of the International Study Abroad program at Uppsala University in Sweden and his students continued reunions with him for the rest of his life. In 1980 the family was hit with devastating news of the accidental death of son/brother John, who was also a pilot. After retiring from CSULB in 1986, he continued to promote International Education, as he and Helen traveled the world. Russ dedicated his life to helping others. He was greatly admired as a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and international educator. He will be deeply missed. Russ leaves behind his daughters: Jenna (Tom Parker), Laura (Gary Stromlund), and Claire (Randy Connors), eight grandchildren: Malia, Lauri, John, Erik, Alise, Adam, Kristin, Lauren, and his great-granddaughter, Sara. He was pre-deceased by his loving wife, Helen, and his son, John. A Celebration of Life will be held Aug 16th 1-4pm at the family home in Long Beach. Donations may be made at NAFSA.org, to the New Century Circle in his name.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2015
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