Russell, William Fletcher, 1890–1956, American educator, b. Delhi, N.Y., grad. Cornell, 1910, Ph.D. Columbia, 1914; son of James Earl Russell. He was dean (1917–23) of the College of Education, State Univ. of Iowa, and professor of education (1923–54) and associate director of the International Institute (1923–27) at Teachers College, Columbia. In 1927 he succeeded his father as dean of Teachers College, and he was later appointed (1949) president of the school. He retired in 1954. Russell wrote Economy in Secondary Education (1916), Education in the United States (1917), and The Meaning of Democracy (with T. H. Briggs, 1941) and edited The Rise of a University (Vol. I, 1937).
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