Russell C. Williams, a retired advertising account executive for the Baltimore Sun newspapers, died of complications from knee surgery Monday at ManorCare Ruxton. The Lutherville resident was 84.
Mr. Williams was born and raised in West Baltimore and attended city public schools. A talented first baseman in his youth, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals during the late 1930s but chose not to play professionally after his mother objected, family members said.
During World War II, he served as a staff sergeant and aircraft mechanic with the Army Air Forces in Honolulu. He remained an active reservist into the early 1950s, and was a member of the Towson American Legion Post.
He worked in sales for Pillsbury Flour Co. in Baltimore before joining the national advertising department of the Sunpapers in 1960, specializing in grocery advertising. He retired in 1984.
Mr. Williams was a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Representatives.
Services were held yesterday.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Ruth Harter; a son, Kirk H. Williams of Towson; a daughter, Susan W. Dickinson of Timonium; and three grandchildren.