Russell Simpson Douglas ’49 died on December 10, 2003, in Green Valley, Arizona.
Born on October 27, 1927, in Brunswick, he prepared for college at the Moses Brown School in Providence, RI, and became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended from June of 1945 to February of 1946 before serving in the U.S. Army and attaining the rank of sergeant. He returned to the College in September of 1947 and, following his graduation cum laude in 1950 as a member of the Class of 1949, joined the Guaranty Trust Company of New York. In 1954, he returned to Brunswick as manager of the local branch of the First-Auburn Trust Company. In 1959, he became an assistant vice president of the Casco Bank & Trust Company in Portland. When Casco opened a Brunswick branch in 1961, he was appointed officer in charge of business development and commercial loan activities. He was elected a vice president of Casco in 1963 and, after working out of the bank’s Portland office for several years, became a development officer at Bowdoin in 1967. In 1969, he became a vice president of the First-Manufacturers National Bank of Lewiston and Auburn, and in 1973 he was elected president of Northeast Bank of Westbrook. He retired in 1983 and remained in Brunswick until 1990, when he moved to Arizona. While in Brunswick, he was a trustee of what was then Regional Memorial Hospital, was treasurer and a director of the Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce, and was a director of the Pine Tree Society for Crippled Children and Adults. He was a trustee of the Moses Brown School, was a member of the Cumberland Club in Portland and the Portland Rotary Club, and served as president of the Alpha Kappa Sigma House Corporation. He was a member of the first graduating class of the Williams School of Banking, a program of courses offered by Williams College in advanced banking management. Surviving are his wife, Janet Robinson Douglas, whom he married in 1953; a daughter, Ann D. Huff-Smith; three sons, James R. Douglas of Durham, Paul E. Douglas ’82 of Miami, FL, and Peter N. Douglas ’89 of Denver, CO; and two brothers, Clive H. Douglas of South Harpswell and David C. Douglas of Florida.