Franklin College family shares its condolences on the passing of Bill Russell
Campus News

Former Franklin College President James G. Moseley presents Bill Russell with a Franklin College honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.

The Franklin College family sadly acknowledges the passing of NBA legend Bill Russell, a 2003 recipient of the Franklin College honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters. Dr. Russell delivered that year’s commencement address, “Navigating Life’s Twists and Turns.” 

Dr. Russell’s historic professional career included leading the Boston Celtics to 11 NBA championships. Throughout his life, Russell embodied the values of Franklin College as an outspoken advocate for social justice. He co-authored Second Wind: The Memoirs of an Opinionated Man, which was followed by Russell Rules: 11 Lessons on Leadership from the Twentieth Century’s Greatest Champion.

We extend our sincere condolences to the Russell family. The world has lost a giant in both stature and influence. We are proud to celebrate him as a Franklin College alumnus.  





POSTED Aug 2, 2022