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Athletic Hall of Fame

Vincent J. Russo

Vincent J. Russo, Ph.D.


At Rochester:

  • One of UR's best Guards in Football and leader on and off the field
  • 4-years on Offense and Defense
  • Scored 40-yard TD v. Hobart
  • 1960 Ball-Keating Award and All-Northeast Small College Scholar/Athlete
  • Senior Co-Captain
  • Dean's List
  • Graduated with a BS in ME, and US Air Force-ROTC commissions as 2nd Lt., 1962


  • MS in Materials Engineering, AFIT, 1964
  • Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering, OSU, 1974
  • 1988 Nat'l. and Int'l. Security at JFK School of Govt. at Harvard
  • Retired after 41 years from the USAF Senior Executive Service, as highest ranking civilian, Executive Director of Aeronautical Systems Center
  • Received US Presidential Distinguished Executive Award… Executive Advisor, Corporate Consultant and College Professor
  • Founder, Pres/CEO of Growing Splendid Leaders
  • Married to Fran, father of Vincent, Rita, Lisa and Jennifer and has eight grandchildren