MANCHESTER, Vt. — Homer B. Russell, Jr., 70, died Oct. 28, 2013 in Manchester.
He was born Feb. 27, 1943 in Chicago, the son of Dr. Homer B. Russell and Sarah D. Russell.
Homer Jr. lived in Great Bend until he was 10 years old, and then spent all of his summers in Great Bend until he married in 1963.
He graduated from Princeton University in 1964 and earned a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University in 1967. From 1986 to 2002, he was the director for urban design at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. He was recognized as an expert on the development, preservation and restoration of port cities. He was invited to consult on worldwide projects at Gdansk, Poland; Hong Kong; Western Shenzhen China; Hanoi; Ho Chi Minh City; and Kobe, Japan. He worked on the U.S. team to develop a planning framework for the suburbs of Tanashi and Hoya, Tokyo. He served as a trustee to the Boston Foundation of Architecture. He was a two-time winner of the Boston Society of Architects urban design award and a four-time National American Institute of Architects Honors winner.
Survivors include a son, Sean (Ellen) and their children, Piper and Rowan Russell; a daughter, Sarah (Ken) and their children, Nicholas and Sadie Stefanak; two brothers, Rod Russell-Ides (Isabella) and Phil Russell (Alice); and a sister, Susan Russell-Stewart (Roger). He is also survived by his first wife and her husband, Nancy and Bruce Potekhen.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Homer B. Russell and his mother, Sarah D. Russell.
A memorial service was held Nov. 1, 2013, in Manchester, Vt., where he resided at the time of his death. He requested that his ashes be returned to Great Bend, where he spent what he called, ”the best times of his life.”
Funeral arrangements provided by
Brewster and Shea Funeral Service
34 Park Place
Manchester, VT, 05255
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Nov. 5, 2013