Dr. Douglas MacArthur Russell, 72, of Morehead City, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, October 16th.
He was born on February 15, 1942 in Dover, NC, to Lucille Fordham and Lawrence McCabe Russell.
Doug attended early schooling in Dover and graduated from Grainger High School in Kinston. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1963 and UNC School of Medicine in 1967, where he was a member of the Nathan A. Womack Surgical Society. He completed an internship at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and continued surgical training at NC Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. Surgical residency was completed at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem.
He married Mary Carolyn Barnes of Winterville on June 19, 1967. They enjoyed a 47-year loving marriage filled with thought provoking discussions about global events and politics.
He served a two-year tour of duty with the United States Air Force during which he served as chief of professional services at the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Hospital. Dr. Russell began his practice as a board-certified surgeon in Goldsboro with Dr. Ralph Bland. He later affiliated with Eastern Carolina Surgical Associates during which time he served as President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer of the Wayne Memorial Hospital medical staff and Chairman of the Department of Surgery 1981-1982. Dr. Russell also served as a member of the Bylaws Committee, Cancer Committee, Ethics Committee and Institutional Review Board. Dr. Russell was known for his dedication to his patients and his gratitude for the nurses and support personnel at the hospital. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with his friends at Bill Moore’s Pool Hall.
After his retirement in September 2007, he moved to Morehead City with Carolyn where he pursued his love of sailing his Flying Scot, supervised the famous July 4th Slip-N-Slide and watched the birds and boats from his deck on Bogue Sound. He was also a charter member of the Sound Drive Yacht and Drinking Club.
Dr. Russell is predeceased by his parents and a sister, Hilda Russell Ricks. He is survived by his wife and three children, Susannah Russell Washburn and husband, Jess, of Greensboro, Douglas McCabe Russell and wife, Nicole, of Raleigh, and Meredith Russell Anglin and husband, Trey, of Charlotte. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Lillian Fordham Washburn, Jesse Heywood Washburn III, Emma McCabe Anglin and Richard Edward Anglin IV. His surviving siblings are Frances Russell Salt of La Grange, Leonard Maxwell Russell of Greensboro, Ruth Russell Prunski of Durham, Gene Austen Russell of Nashville, TN and Curtis Ray Russell of Jacksonville.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, October 25th at 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church of Morehead City where he was a member. The Rev. Joseph Franklin will officiate. Following the service, there will be a reception at the family’s home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, CB #7295, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, Carteret General Hospital Foundation Hospice Fund, P. O. Drawer 1619, Morehead City, NC 28557, or First United Methodist Church, 900 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557.
Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. of Morehead City. Access online obituary and internet condolences through www.brooksfuneralhomeand crematory.com