Russsell George Pounds
Chief Warrant Officer 3, United States Army
Former Iowa State University professor Russell George Pounds, 85, died Oct. 25 in his Glenn Dale home, from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.
Pounds was an agricultural economics professor of 27 years, but also an activist, a City Councilman, a marathon runner, a traveler and a husband.
“I didn’t know what love was until I met this
man,“ said his wife of 24 years, Augustine Pounds, 69, who met him while
she was the Dean of Students at Iowa State.
Augustine Pounds continued to work, at the
American Council on Education, until her husband fell ill.
In the early ‘80s, the couple also taught as
visiting professors at the University of Zambia.
“I started off thinking of him as my mother’s husband,“ said daughter Karen Y. Williams, 52, of Chicago. “And as the years progressed ... he became my stepfather, and then he became my dad, and somewhere along the way, he became my father.“
“He was almost perfect,“ she said.
The family said Pounds, who served in the military,
is awaiting burial at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,
donations can be sent to the “Russell G. Pounds Scholarship Fund,“ which
his wife established the week he died, as per his wishes. The fund benefits
students at Iowa State University and Ohio’s Central State University.
Donations can be made at Bank of America, or sent to Augustine Pounds,
at 8210 Woburn Abbey Road, Glenn Dale 20769.
Posted: 4 December 2005