Lexington, Massachusetts


Lexington, Massachusetts


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RUSSELL, Kenneth C. A longtime Lexington resident, March 25, 2020. Longtime friend of Kathleen O'Sullivan. Father of David A. Russell of Woburn, and Doyle J. Russell and his wife Kica of Newton. Brother of Mary Simms of South Carolina, Robert Russell of Colorado, and Gladys Russell of Colorado. Ken is also survived by 1 grandson, Miles.

Ken was a Professor of Material Sciences at MIT. His undergraduate education was at the Colorado School of Mines, and he received his Ph.D from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He came to MIT in 1964 as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate in 1969, received tenure in 1971, and promoted to full professor in 1978. His research interests were in nucleation theory and radiation damage to materials, and he held a joint appointment in Nuclear Science.

A private Graveside Service will be held at Westview Cemetery in Lexington and a Memorial Service will be celebrated at MIT at a later date, to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army at or to Women's Lunch Place at

Lexington 781-862-1800

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Wishing your family sympathy and comfort with your loss. Ken's quick wit and wisdom always made me laugh! He had terrific anecdotes! I will miss him.

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

We are so sorry for your loss. We are grateful for Kenneth's longtime generosity to Women's Lunch Place. We have been receiving donations in memory of Kenneth. Could you contact me at [email protected] so I can send the messages to the family?

Stay well, Miriam

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all his family and friends.I'm so glad for the time we got to spend with Uncle Kenneth a few years ago.

My sincerest condolences to the family

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.