Warriors News · FHS Athletic Alumni Special ‘In Memoriam’ Edition – John Russell (Class of 1964)


The following is courtesy of Ted Goble – good friend of distinguished Fairview Swimming Alumni John Russell, who passed away in early July of 2020. John Russell helped lead Fairview Swimming to a State Championship and several state placements during the 1964 season (pictured above) and remains one of the most decorated athletes in Fairview history.


I lost dear friend, John Russell, of Phoenix.  John and I were freshman roommates at Miami and swam for the undefeated freshman team.

John was an Ohio HS state champion and established an NCAA record his freshman year in the 100 butterfly.  He never lost an MAC race during his 3 varsity years and was an All American each year.  In 1968 he competed for a spot on the US Olympic Team finishing 5th against the likes of Mark Spitz.
In the 1980s John was enshrined in the Miami Hall of Fame and is regarded as one of the best over-all athletes ever at Miami.
After a number of moves around the country, John and his lovely wife, Patty settled in Cave Creek, Arizona where he had a successful career with Dial Corp.
Nancy and I visited many times and enjoyed their “over the top” hospitality. 
John was an incredible parent to his children and a devoted and loving husband to Patty. 
John was handsome, charismatic, and had an infectious smile that would light up a room when he walked in.   
He leaves behind his wonderful family and a plethora of long time friends.
RIP, John 
(by: Ted Goble)
John Russell’s Obituary
John Russell, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on July 5, 2020 at the age of 74.
He was born in Houghton, MI, and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio,
where he was a three-time All American swimmer.  He worked for and retired from the Dial corporation where he was in Health Care Sales Management. 
He lived many years in Cave Creek, and had a great love of horses. John is survived by his wife, Patty and his four children; Jay, Nicholas, Danielle and Samantha and four grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sisters, Pam and Dawn, and by his brothers, Michael and Craig. He leaves behind many friends whose lives he touched over the years. He will be interred at Holy Redeemer Cemetery.  The family suggests that donations be made to theafdt.org.  RIP, John – you will be sorely missed!