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Frank Eli Russell

Frank Eli Russell was American newspaper publishing executive. Bar: Indiana 1951; Certified Public Accountant, Ind. Recipient Distinguished Alumni award Indiana University School Law, 1989, Life Trustee award University Evansville, 1991, Ralph D. Casey award, 1997.


  • Russell, Frank Eli was born on December 6, 1920 in Kokomo, Indiana, United States. Son of Frank E. and Maude (Wiggins) Russell.

  • Education

    • AB, Evansville College, 1942. Juris Doctor, Indiana University, 1951. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Evansville, 1985.

      HHD (honorary), Franklin College, 1989.


    • Partner George S. Olive & Company, Indianapolis, 1947—1953. Executive vice president Spickelmier Industries, Inc., 1953—1959. Business manager Indianapolis Star & News, 1959—1977.

      Vice president, general manager Central Newspapers, Inc., Indianapolis, 1977—1979, president, 1979—1995, chairman, board directors, 1996—1998. Retired, 1998; also board directors Central Newsprint. President Bradley Paper Company, also board directors.

      Past chairman advisory board Metropolitan Indianapolis television Association, Inc. Trustee retirement trust Central Newspapers, Inc. Chairman retirement committee Hoosier State Press.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Indiana 1951; Certified Public Accountant, Ind.


    The Church must be self-critical before it presumes to be critical of others.


    Through Jesus' death on the cross, and his resurrection, God has broken the power of all that is evil, in the world and in us.

    Denomination: Methodist


    Church should organize delegations to different ecumenical conferences throughout the world and actively participate in the global inter-religious dialogues.


    Board directors Arizona Community Foundation, 1992-1996, Eiteljorg Museum, since 1994. Trustee, chairman board Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, since 1997. Member American Bar Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Indiana Bar.

    Association, Indianapolis Bar Association (past board directors, past treasurer), Indiana Association Certified Public Accountant (past director), Tax Executives Institute (past president), Indiana Association Credit Management (director, vice president), Institute Newspaper Controllers and Finance Officers (director, past president), Indiana Academy Indiana Association Colleges, Midwest Pension Conference (Indiana chapter), Newspaper Advertising Bureau (board directors), Salvation Army (life, award 1989), Columbia Club, Meridian Hills Country Club, Masons, Shriners, Order of Coif, Phi Delta Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.


    • Children: Linda Carole Russell Atkins, Richard Lee, Frank E. III, Rita Jane Russell Eagle, Julie Beth Russell. Married Nancy M. Shover, October 5, 1991.
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    Born December 6, 1920
    • 1942
      Evansville College
    • 1951
      Indiana University
    • 1985
      University Evansville
    • 1989
      Franklin College
    • 1947 - 1953
      Partner, George S. Olive & Company
      Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
    • 1953 - 1959
      executive, vice president Spickelmier Industries
    • 1959 - 1977
      business manager, Indianapolis Star & News
    • 1977 - 1979
      vice president, Central Newspapers
      Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
    • 1977 - 1979
      general manager, Central Newspapers
      Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
    • 1998
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