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Bruce Allen Russell (57) was born on February 12, 1964 in Levelland, Texas to Paul and Tomi (dec. 2004) Russell. His family moved to Oregon in the late 60's. Bruce graduated from Catlin Gabel High School in Portland, Columbia University in New York, Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville and completed his surgical residency at the Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital before practicing medicine in Portland. Bruce took solace in staying physically and mentally active, in addition to practicing his renewed faith in God in recent years.   He was an avid reader, writer, musician, scuba diver, runner and bicyclist. Bruce is survived by his son Jack, daughter Kinsie, father Paul, brother Steve, sister-in-law Beth, niece Jessica and nephews Thomas and James, along with numerous life-long friends and connections in the Portland community. Bruce was a brilliant, talented, highly accomplished, creative and loving person who struggled mightily with mental illness in the latter stages of his life. While he had dark moments, his periods of radiance, joy, humor and love will be missed. Rest in peace Bruce.
Recent stories

Missing Bruce

Shared by Eric Ufer on April 15, 2022
Bruce was a brilliant man that was my good friend. 
Recently we hadn’t been in touch for a number of years.   He reached out to me Dec 2020 and we saw each other a couple times before his passing.  
I didn’t get responses to my texts and was concerned for his well being.  I googled and called around but couldn’t learn anything.  

My heart is broken right now as I just learned this.  

He spoke very highly about you David.  He loved Jack immensely 

I’ll see him again.  We’ll hug.  We’ll talk/share crazy creative thoughts of what more good we wanted to do while on earth.  Bruce was brilliant.  I miss him.  I wish I could have been more available for him.

Bruce… thank you for being such a caring, creative, determined, fun, loyal friend.  I miss you.  I’m grateful you are a part of my life.  

"Barking at my reflection" - original song about Bruce by Chloe Farrell

Shared by David Farrell on April 16, 2021
Chloe wrote a very touching song about Bruce and just recorded it today.  Bring some tissues when you watch it.

Bruce Russell Memorial Life Soundscape Spotify Playlist

Shared by David Farrell on April 14, 2021
A playlist representing some of the music that Bruce enjoyed.