A resident of Fort Madison, Iowa, Russell W. Bates ’73 was born on Sept. 4, 1951, in Glendale, California to William and Diane Robertson Bates. He worked in the information technology field and the recreational vehicle service industry until 2010. At SCU he majored in the computer science and mathematics fields. He played football in high school and college, was on the rowing team in college, and was a semi-professional dart player. He enjoyed sports, especially watching football on TV. His passion was working with stained glass. Russell passed away at 11:55 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2017, at 66 years old. He is survived by his fiancé, Barbara Monson of Fort Madison; daughters Jennifer (Denis) Maranga of Seattle, Washington and Danielle (Steve) German of Middle River, Maryland; grandchildren Katrina, Sydney, and Samantha; mother Diane Gill of California; brothers Frank (Terri) Gill of Texas and John Gill, Jr. of Arkansas; sisters Kathryn (Peter) Kastner of Arkansas, Jacquie (Randy) Alderson of California, Janice (Dennis) Horrell of Ohio, and Martha (Jared) Bangs of California; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, William, stepfather, John, his wife, Nancy, and a brother, Brian.