Guy Russell

An amazing leader and innovator his entire life, but didn't really think of himself as a leader. Active in civil rights and led the way in getting Purdue to host a chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, African-American fraternity, while earning an electrical engineering degree.

Born or Made?

“Well, you know, it’s something that is not necessarily you’re born with, I don’t think. It’s something at least I had to learn over the years through experience and working with people and whatnot.”

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Leaders Are Readers

  • “For some reason, and to this day I don’t know how this happened, but I was always fascinated with China and Russia and their relationship to the United States. I mean, even at that age, I was always fascinated with that, and even would write papers on it. We were led to read The Atlantic Monthly, Newsweek, Time Magazine, and other things like that. So, current events always did interest me.”

Books I Recommend

  • Shortridge High School, 1864-1981, in Retrospect
    —by Laura Sheerin Gaus

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