Russell, Hon. Frederick William (1923-2001 )
Lieutenant Governor, 1991-1997
Russell was born on September 10, 1923 in St. John's. He was educated at Holloway School and
Prince of Wales College before studying at Dalhousie University and the Atlantic School for
Advanced Business Administration in Halifax. Following his service as a fighter pilot with the
Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, Russell played a prominent role in
Newfoundland's business and community life. He joined Blue Peter Steamships and quickly rose
to become the company's president. He later headed other companies involved in shipping,
automobiles he served as Terra Nova Motor's president and insurance. He also served on the
boards of several national business concerns and, in 1953, was appointed to the first provincial
Labour Relations Board. In 1987, he was named to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
(ACOA). Within the community, Russell has served on educational boards like the United Church
School Board and Memorial University's Board of Regents he was its chairman from 1974 until
his retirement in 1982 while founding an air cadets movement in the province. From 1952 to
1959, Russell served as aide-de-camp to the governor general of Canada, and, from 1954 to
1962, filled the same post for the lieutenant governor of Newfoundland. He has also been
awarded an honourary degree from Memorial University and was appointed to the Order of
Canada in 1979.
In 1991, Russell became the lieutenant governor for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
He held the post until 1997. He died on June 20, 2001
Updated February 2008.
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