Special Issue 2013
President's Message

Dear Arizona Friends of the Trust,

I write today on behalf of the Trustees and staff to share the sad news of the passing of founding Trustee Frank E. Russell, January 26, 2013.

Mr. Russell was the long-time business manager and confident of Nina Mason Pulliam, and as executor of her estate, carried out her wishes to establish the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust upon her death in 1997. He served as founding chairman of the Trust until his retirement in December 2011.

As you can read in his obituary, Mr. Russell had a remarkable career in the newspaper business, and through his relationship with Mrs. Pulliam, combined with his legal and financial qualifications, was well-suited to serve as the Trust's first chairman. Beyond his professional acumen, astute instinct for and awareness of Mrs. Pulliam's charitable inclinations, he possessed a compassionate interest in the communities the Trust serves, primarily Indianapolis and Phoenix. And, he understood the importance of what nonprofit organizations contribute to our society.

I will always value and appreciate the strong, but unobtrusive support he provided to me upon my arrival in the fall of 1998 as the Trust's founding President and CEO, and especially all that he did legally and organizationally to establish the Trust. This included appointing Nancy M. Russell, his wife who survives him, and Carol P. Schilling, Mrs. Pulliam's niece, to serve with him as Trustees. Mrs. Schilling now serves as Trustee chair, along with new Trustees Lisa Shover Kackley and Kent E. Agness.

Mr. Russell deserves to be remembered for many reasons, but what is sure to stand out is the legacy he created for the Trust over its first 14 years.

You are welcome to send a note of condolence to the Russell family through the Trust's memory book and/or join them for a memorial service Friday, February 1 at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center Chapel, 1375 East Broadway Road, Phoenix, Arizona, beginning at 1 p.m.

Frank E. Russell 1920 - 2013

Frank E. Russell

Business Leader, Philanthropist, Community Friend

Frank E. Russell helped build Central Newspapers, Inc. (CNI) into one of the nation's most successful family-owned newspaper companies and launched the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust as one of the largest philanthropic foundations in Arizona and Indiana.

John Zidich, CEO and publisher of The Arizona Republic, praised Russell's business acumen and passion for the community, adding that Russell earned a stellar reputation in the media industry and "has left an indelible mark with impact throughout Arizona. Our community is better because of Frank, and he will be missed."

Russell's background as a lawyer and certified public accountant were invaluable assets to the Pulliam family and CNI, Zidich said. "The Frank Russell Chair in the Business of Journalism at ASU's Walter Cronkite School speaks volumes about his many contributions to the industry and community.

Russell shared a business relationship and friendship with Eugene and Nina Pulliam, founders of CNI, for almost 40 years. He began his newspaper career working for them in 1959 at the Indianapolis newspapers as business manager, a position he held until 1977 when he was named vice president and general manager of CNI. In 1979 he was named president.

Russell was president of CNI from 1979 through 1995 and chairman of the board from 1996 through 1998. CNI was the parent company for Indianapolis Newspapers Inc. and Phoenix Newspapers Inc. that included The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis News, The Arizona Republic, The Phoenix Gazette, The Muncie Star, The Muncie Evening Press, Topics Newspapers, The Vincennes Sun-Commercial and The Alexandria Daily Town Talk...<more>

Please share your thoughts on Mr. Russell in our memory book.


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