His 70+ year-long career included international experience in engineering, operations, program and project management. Russ’ career spanned three project management related careers: military/aerospace for 19 years, Corporate Engineer & Executive (17 years), and management consultant (more than 35 years). However, it was his PMI volunteerism that had a large impact on the PMI we know today.
Russ was PMI member #6 and was thus a participant in the earliest discussions about the need for a project management practitioner organization, which led to the formation of PMI. He was also a former PMI Vice President.
Russ was a trailblazer and a leader. He presented the first paper, “Planning, Scheduling and Controlling the Efforts of Knowledge Workers,” at the formation meeting of PMI in 1969, and was the Program Chair for the first PMI Seminar-Symposium in St. Luis in 1970. He was the President of the PMI Southern California Chapter from 1991-92 and was a founding member of the PMI Mexico City Chapter in 1996. And Russ was an early adopter of our Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification, becoming the 277th professional to become certified.
Russ was an award-winning professional. He became a PMI Fellow in 1989 and was the recipient of the PMI Jim O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management (APM/IPMA-UK).
He was a published author and researcher. He co-authored two books, was the sole author on one, and contributed countless chapters to books. He also presented almost 90 papers at many PMI, International Project Management Association, and other conferences.
He was a long-time educator. He was an adjunct professor and lecturer on project management at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and Cranfield Institute of Technology (CIT).
Russ was an icon in our community. His passion and dedication to the profession will certainly be missed.