W. Scott Russell of Hickory was born May 25, 1930 a son of Johnston Miller and Anna Mary Scott Russell. He was a graduate of Hickory High School Class of 1948, and was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Russell was also a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Air Force.
He began his career with PNB in 1956. He was elected vice president of PNB in 1971, and became district manager of the bankʹs Washington County branches in 1977.
Mr. Russell died at age 60 on Sunday, September 16, 1990, in Niagara County, N.Y., from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
Mr. Russell was involved with several organizations: Washington Rotary Club, Washington Flyers Club, Washington Parking Authority, Washington County Historical Society, Mt. Pleasant Township Historical Library Association, Neighborhood House Association, Greater Washington Area Chamber of Commerce, Washington County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, Washington Hospital, Washington Industrial Development Corp., Washington County Council on Economic Development, Washington County Motor Club, United Way of Washington County, Boy Scouts of America, Mt. Pleasant Township Zoning Hearing Board, Richard Vaux Lodge 454 F&AM, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh, and the American Legion Post 175 in Washington.
The W. Scott Russell Fund by his widow, Genevieve A. Sanpietro Russell, to provide an annual grant to the First Presbyterian Church of Washington, PA for the Music Endowment Fund. Mr. Russell was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Washington, where he served as a trustee.
When asked why she created the fund, Mrs. Russell replied, “My husband was very involved with the Washington community. I wanted Scott to be remembered by the community he loved and served so well. And because we both have thoroughly enjoyed the music programs at the First Presbyterian Church, it seemed natural to have the fund support the music endowment of our church.”