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Dr. Russell G. "Russ" Mawby
  • Yorkville Community Church
    11523 East D Avenue
    Richland, MI 49083
  • Battle Creek Community Foundation-Mawby Fund
    32 W. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1
    Battle Creek, MI 49017

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In my life time Dr. Russell Mawby was the best example of a responsible citizen, leader, scholar and visionary. He was a leader in building institutions, that serve the needs of people, in our free democratic republic and worldwide. I first knew him as a leader and administrator in our countrys State Land Grant University system.

Dr. Mawby was dedicated to helping people develop positive, productive and healthy lifestyles and to live and work and serve to foster better

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Posted by: Grant and Alma Shrum - Huntsville, AL - friend   Oct 26, 2017

So saddened to learn of Russ Mawby's passing. Russ hired me in 1985 to serve as Director of WKKF for Latin America and the Caribbean. For fifteen years, I worked under his leadership. At that point, I had just completed my doctorate as a WKKF fellow, after studying the support of the Foundation to Latin American social entrepreneurs through the grant programs. Mario Chaves, then the Director, introduced me to Russ.
With his passion for people, and deeply interest for young

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Posted by: Marcos Kisil - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Coworker   Oct 26, 2017

Dear Lou Ann, so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Russ was a man of great character and role model to countless others. With sincere condolences, The Hirsch family.


Posted by: David Hirsch - Barrington Hills, IL   Oct 26, 2017

Dear family,

So sorry to hear of Mr. Mawby's passing. My father was a good friend of his, as a child I remember knowing both "Ruth and Russ" as the sweet people "around the corner".

As busy as Russ was, he always took the time to stop by the W.K.Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and say hello, that's how the little Van Deusens got to know him.

I remember my father having the utmost respect for both Ruth and Russ.

Mr. Russell Mawby blessed

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Posted by: Laurie VanDeusen - Bellevue - Friend   Oct 26, 2017

My dad, Russ Strong, worked with Dr Mawby at MSU in the mid60's and kept up with him for many years after. He often spoke of Russ as a paragon of fairness, generosity and kindness.


Posted by: Bill Strong - Davidson, NC - Acquaintance   Oct 26, 2017

During my high school years I worked on Dr. Mawby's property doing yard and farm work. He would be out there working with me, sharing his love and expertise about farming and animals (which was all new to me!) Most of all I remember him for being a great role model, and treating me as much more than "hired help". I later learned about his many accomplishments, which didn't surprise me but he would never have mentioned as he said "he was just a farmer". My sincere condolences go out to his family.


Posted by: Steve Raseman - Barrington, IL   Oct 26, 2017

Lou Ann and Family,

I am praying for you at this time. I hope it helps heal the pain of your loss to know that that he positively impacted countless lives. The meetings at your home over the 8 years that I worked for the Scouts in SWMI were some of my favorites. The myriad of life experiences that he shared was always highly interesting to me and it was not always easy to get him to share because he wanted

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Posted by: Daniel Busby - Chicago, IL - Friend   Oct 26, 2017

My deepest sympathy to the family of Russ Mawby. He was a wise, compassionate, generous and kind man and a good listener. I always enjoyed visiting with him to be uplifted by his wisdom and humor. How lucky I was to have worked at WKKF as Kellogg House Host when Russ was CEO and before that to have been his Barber for 26 years. This is a sad sad day in my life. Richard Hagelgans


Posted by: Richard Hagelgans - Battle Creek, MI - Coworker   Oct 25, 2017

So saddened to learn of Russ Mawby's passing. Russ hired me in 1985 to serve as Director of WKKF for Latin America and the Caribbean. For fifteen years, I worked under his leadership. At that point, I had just completed my doctorate as a WKKF fellow, after studying the support of the Foundation to Latin American social entrepreneurs through the grant programs. Mario Chaves, then the Director, introduced me to Russ.
With his passion for people, and deeply interest for young

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Posted by: Marcos Kisil - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Coworker   Oct 25, 2017

Offering my deepest condolences to Russell's family and friends during this difficult time. I know there are no words to express the loss of a loved one but as you remember him allow God to bring you comfort and peace. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)


Posted by: - Chicago, IL   Oct 25, 2017