Former OSU political science faculty member dies

Russell Webber Maddox, Jr.

Sept. 25, 1921 – Jan. 23, 2017

Russell W Maddox, Jr. died on Jan. 23, 2017 in Corvallis, Or, at his home.

He was born in Richmond, VA to Russell W Maddox Sr. and Magruder Yancy Maddox.

Russell joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and was stationed in Texas and Wisconsin. He married Audrey Hatch in 1944 in Madison, WI. He completed his B.A. from Marshall College in 1946, a Master’s in Public Administration from Wayne State University in 1948, and a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Illinois in 1953, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Russell joined the Political Science Department at Oregon State University in 1950, where he worked for 40 years. He co-authored the text book, “State and Local Government“. He also served as Department Chair. Russell was central in writing the Benton County Charter in 1973.

Russell married Polly Freeman (deceased) in 1972.  He married Connie Fox in 1988, she passed in May 2016. He is survived by his sons Russell W Maddox, III and Kenneth S Maddox, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the care staff who enriched his final year with their thoughtful care. No service is planned.


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