Gerard "Jerry" Russo
Gerard "Jerry"


Age 55, of Honolulu, Hawaii, formerly of Wilmington, Delaware died suddenly on Sunday, December 5, 2010, in Honolulu.

Jerry was born in Wilmington, the son of Rachela Carroccia Russo and the late Louis V. Russo II and graduated from Salesianum High School. Jerry received three degrees in economics: B.A. from George Washington University in 1977, M.A. from University of Delaware in 1981, and Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1989. Jerry joined the faculty of the Department of Economics, University of Haeaii-Manoa in 1987 and quickly became the state's premier health economist.

Jerry was widely known for his service contributions to the Department of Economics and University of Hawaii. He served as chair of the graduate program of the UH Department of Economics from 1997 to 2001 and as chair of the Department from 2007 to 2010. He served as chair of the UH-Manoa Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate Executive Committee and as a member of the UH-Mona Faculty Senate and All Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs.

For many years Jerry held a joint appointment as a Fellow at the East-West Center's Program on Population. His lectures on health economics provided inspiration and challenges to hundreds of young academics and government officials working in the field of health care.

Jerry is survived by his wife Mary Sellers Russo and his daughter Alexandra Russo both of Honolulu, mother Rachela C. Russo of Delaware, and brothers Louis (Michele) Russo of Arizona, David (Cathy) Russo of Delaware, Bruce (Barbara) Russo of Delaware, and Richard (Judy) Russo of Delaware.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 23, at 11 am, at St Ann's Catholic Church, Gilpin Avenue & Union Street, Wilmington, DE 19806. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to University of Hawaii Foundation, 2444 Dole Street, Bachman Hall 105, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822. For online condolences,

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Dr. Russo was one of my favorite Economics professors. I apologize, I did not know. I only wish I could thank him again for his advice and attention.

Best class at UHM.

Arlene Tanalgo
arlene tanalgo
December 7, 2013
Very sad to hear about this. Just heard it from my former colleague at the East West Center..Sincere condolences to his family and the Department of Economics, University of Hawaii.
Gnanaraj Chellaraj
January 4, 2011
My deepest condolences for the family of Professor Russo. He was a kind, light-hearted person and an excellent teacher. Professor Russo was my academic advisor while I attended UH Manoa for my undergrad years, and I will always be grateful for the meetings we had towards my final days before graduation, and all the valuable advice he gave me on school, jobs, and life. I am proud to have had him as my teacher and mentor, and all of us who were priviliged enough to have known him will miss him dearly.

With best regards,
Derek Brow
Derek Brow
January 4, 2011
"Suspended in disbelief" is how the Monsignor described it at the service, that's about right. Jer was larger than life, almost true, the people he touch loved him, not a bad bone in his body. He was my longest friend, Rae, his mother introduced us when he was 5 and I was 6 only to carry on for 50 years. We will sorely miss him, T. Haugh
Tommy Haugh
December 31, 2010
" I am deeply shocked and saddened knowing very untimely passing away of Professor Russo. He was a great professor and mentor. I will always remember for his kind support and encouragement during my academic program as a graduate student at the University of Hawaii's Economics Department. The loss is unacceptable and very hard to bear to anyone. My sincere condolence to the bereaved family.

My thoughts and prayers are with you Dr. Russo."

Naresh C Pradhan, Long Beach, California
Naresh Pradhan
December 30, 2010
Jerry had been a good friend and collleague. I miss him with his big smiles and laughs already. My sincere sympathy to the family.
Minja Choe
December 28, 2010
Jerry, a good and interesting man. We're already missing you so much.

I remember how much fun you were - that combination chuckle/laugh, but always ready with a kind word, too.

Thanks for everything you did professionally for UH students and faculty. I think you made a difference in their lives.

My great sympathy to Mary and Lexy.
Janet Mason
December 26, 2010
Jerry and I were close friends for many years. His death is a great loss for the department, the economics profession, and especially for me. Jerry was part of my everyday life at the University. Many mornings I heard his booming voice from the office next door as he advised his students in their studies and often the greater challenges of life. We liked to walk over to get a cup of coffee at the business school, usually with Sang-Hyop and Sumner, talking about the latest health care issues, university politics, or our daughters. He was very proud of Lexie, that she had gone off to Barnard, was building new friendships, and making a successful transition to adulthood.

Jerry contributed to the department in many ways. He was chair of the graduate program while I was department chair and he was a great help to me. He had a thorough understanding of the university and how to get things done. If an exception to a rule was needed or some extra financial support for a student, Jerry could get it done. He was a terrific department chair and we prospered under his leadership.

My best times with Jerry were working with him on East-West Center projects in Asia - Indonesia, the Philippines, and Pakistan. We enjoyed traveling together, made many friends and did some good work, I think.

I hope that Mary, Lexie, Mrs. Russo, Jerry's brothers and their families will accept by heartfelt sympathies.
Andy Mason
December 26, 2010
I am deeply saddened and shocked for the untimely demise of a very good mentor. I was one of the representatives of the Philippines who participated in the 41st Summer Seminar - Workshop 2 on Health Care Financing. He was so unselfish in sharing his knowledge in the field of health care financing and the insurance system. He made complicated subject matters easily understood by anyone. I really hope that there will be more mentor like Jerry. To the family of Jerry, i extend my sincere condolences.
Lourdes Irene "Maloy" Minoza
December 24, 2010
Jerry was my dissertation adviser at the University of Hawaii. I am deeply saddened by his loss and offer my sincerest condolences to his family.
Teresita Ramirez
December 24, 2010
Mary, I was sorry to read about your loss. Please accept my condolences.
Becky Willey
December 23, 2010
My condolences to all family and loved ones of Jerry.
Rita Horgan Moore
December 21, 2010
Jerry and I shared a locker at HOOPS Reservior for nearly two decades!!Some of my fondest memories. The world will be different without him! My heart and prayers go out to the entire Russo family! Really gonna miss you BOOM BOOM!! Love Peter Toll
Peter Toll
December 21, 2010
Jerry and I shared a locker at Hoops reservior for over two decades!! Some of the fondest memories of my life! The world is a different place without Jerry! My heart and prayers go out to the Russo family I will miss you BOOM BOOM!! Love Peter Toll
Peter Toll
December 21, 2010
Had Lots of funny times growing up with Jerry, we lived on the 2300 block of 18th street. I remember when Jerry used to do his *Flip Wilson* imitation, it was so hilarious!!. My Family and I send our prayers to the Russo's
Tim Cochran
December 21, 2010
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