In Memoriam --
Russell Whitesel (T-09/08)
1944 - April 2, 2017
Whitesel, V. Russell
MADISON - Russ Whitesel, age 73, died on April 2, 2017, at
HospiceCare, one week after a family gathering which included his wife,
Elizabeth Whitesel, daughters, Leah (Justin Gates) and Emily (Aaron Spicer)
Whitesel, and grandchildren, Rosalind, Judah, and Owen.
After graduating from Northern Illinois
University, Russ enlisted in the Peace Corps and served in Turkey. He
then received his masters in Public Administration from the University of
Syracuse Maxwell School, and moved to Madison for a job with the Wisconsin
Department of Administration. He also worked at the University of Wisconsin
Central Administration Office before attending UW Law School.
He worked in the Legislative Council as a Senior
Staff Attorney for over 30 years, drafting legislation, helping legislators
come to agreement on policy issues, and mentoring legislators, lawyers, and
law students. After he retired, he developed and taught the Government and
Administrative Law Clinic at UW Law School, where he trained second and
third year law students to be compassionate and thoughtful lawyers and
policy makers through clinical placements in state administrative agencies.
Russ was a devoted husband, father, and
grandfather, never missing a concert or game. He had a knack for making all
activities fun, whether coaching youth soccer or drilling Spanish vocabulary
words. His contributions to his community included his involvement as
president of the West High PTO, serving on the Community Development Block
Grant Committee, and as president of the Temple Beth El Men's Club. He was
especially proud of the month he spent with the Peace Corps Veterans
volunteering in Louisiana as part of the post-Katrina recovery effort. In
his leisure time, he enjoyed fantasy baseball, bridge, two book clubs,
biking, running, and traveling with his family.
Despite a diagnosis of brain cancer, Russ felt
fortunate for having a beautiful life filled with family and friends. His
family would like to thank the compassionate and professional caregivers
from Agrace HospiceCare and to all of their friends for their companionship,
meals, and loving support.
A funeral will be held at TEMPLE BETH EL, 2702
Arbor Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to
Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711; Jewish Social
Services, 6434 Enterprise Lane, Madison, WI 53719; or the Southern Poverty
Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104.
"The clock provides only a technical measurement
of how long we live. Far more real than the ticking of time is the way we
open up the minutes and invest them with meaning."
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