Memorial Service for Long-Time Boston University Professor C. Allyn Russell to Be Held in Concord

in College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, News Releases, University Affairs
March 29th, 2005

Contact: Ann Deveney, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston) — Dr. C. Allyn Russell, who was a professor emeritus of religion at Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences, will be remembered at a memorial service to be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 at Duvall Chapel, Rivercrest Deaconess Long Term Care Facility, at 80 Deaconess Road in Concord, Mass. Russell, who was retired from the university, died on January 25. He and his wife Elizabeth, also deceased, were long-time residents of Concord.

A Baptist minister, Russell began his 26-year career at the university in 1961 and focused on the history of religion in America. His courses covered such social reformers as Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer, and Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1982 he received the university’s Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
Russell was also an author whose work was published in many religious and secular journals. His book “Voices of American Fundamentalism,” published in 1976, was an analytical study of right-wing religious leaders.

The C. Allyn Russell Fundamentalism Collection, housed at the university, contains works collected by Russell during his life-long study of Fundamentalism and its major preachers.

A fund in honor of Russell and his wife Elizabeth has been established at Boston University to benefit the College of Arts and Sciences. Donations for the C. Allyn Russell and Elizabeth V. Russell Professorship Fund for Religion in America may be sent to Giliane Bader-Wechseler, associate director for donor relations in the Development and Alumni Relations office, at One Sherborn Street, Boston, Mass. 02215.

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