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Donald Russell

April 2, 1940 — March 2, 2020

Donald Russell, 79, of Indianapolis, passed away on March 2, 2020. He was born on April 2, 1940 in Evansville to the late Frank and Hilda Russell. Donald received his BA in government from Indiana University in 1963 and a JD from Indiana University at Indianapolis in 1967. His work history includes Arbitrator and Mediator, self-employed, 2000-present; Labor Relations Staff, Indiana Education Employment Relations Board, 1973-2000; Instructor, Indiana University, 1974-1976; Associate Professor, Ball State University, 1973-1975; Attorney, Kunz and Kunz, 1968-1973; Law Clerk, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1966-1968; Bailiff and Law Clerk, Marion County Municipal Court 7, 1965-1966; Newspaper Reporter, The Indianapolis Times, 1963-1965. Experience, Executive Director, Indiana Education Employment Relations Board from 1975 to 2000. Supervised mediators, fact-finders, hearing examiners of unfair practices and hearing officers of unit determinations and elections. Arbitrator since 1977. Mediator since 1973 on contract negotiations, employment disputes, securities and farm debt. Arbitrator and mediator for American Arbitration Association's Labor Panel since 1980. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service labor arbitration panelist, since 1982. Public member of the National Association of Securities Dealers arbitration and mediation panels, 1994-present. Member of the labor arbitration panel of the Louisville Labor-Management Committee. Arbitrator for Louisville Labor Management Committee, Phoenix Employment Relations Board, Ohio State Employment Relations Board and Kentucky Labor Cabinet. Mediator for Rural Services of Indiana, Inc., Mediation Project. Mediator for U.S. Postal Service REDRESS program, which deals with Equal Employment Opportunity disputes filed by employees, 1998-present. Administrative law judge for Indiana state agencies. Professional licenses, admitted to the Bar: Indiana Supreme Court, 1967; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1967; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1970. Certified Mediator, Indiana Supreme Court, 1992. Auctioneer License, Indiana (#AU19300136). Licensed Private Pilot, Airplane Single Engine Land, FAA (#316366212). Donald was an avid sports fan and a big time New York Yankees fan. He enjoyed flying, writing and spending time with his family especially children. Donald was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn Bromm. A Celebration Of Life will be at the Plainfield Friends Meeting on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 11:00 am with a private graveside service. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Stanley; daughters, Christy (Mark) Matthew, Jennifer (John) Kotlarczyk and Angela Russell; siblings, C. David Russell, Phyllis (Michael) Hertling, Larry, Richard (Ellen) and Mike Russell; grandchildren, Sean Zerr, Caitlin and Kyle Kotlarczyk. In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to the Lutheran Child Family Services (1525 N. Ritter Ave. Indianapolis, IN, 46219).
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