Russell Eric

Russell, Eric

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Associate Director of Alumni & Development

Brown University - BA Organizational Behavior and Management

I really wanted to be a teacher, specifically a math teacher because I had so many wonderful educators in my life. Over time I have grown to realize that teaching isn't my passion, nor what made the difference in my school years. Instead what mattered then and today is learning - hence my other career as a life coach. Ultimately if we can learn how to learn, we can make our way through life just fine. 

I came to Dublin School because it is one of those rare places. A place where a life can pivot in the most extraordinary and positive ways. My parents raised me with the same philosophical framework: become exposed to people, places and things that can transform and pivot your life in beneficial ways. I've in turn passed the same onto my children who are now living it out loud as adults. I'm not sure that my golden retriever will get it, but we are both still works in progress.

What book has made you think the most? Actually there are several books. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell has been highly enlightening and confirms that success springs from a slew of factors not so easily identified, understood or replicated. Anything written by Jack Finney but especially Time and Again. I read this around age 13 and again as required reading for a college history class. The historic accuracy, intrigue and suspense of this fantasy thriller is gripping. It primes the pump of the imagination to envision what might be possible. Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Truly funny - life can be absurd.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? My four children are the teachers that have changed my life the most. All four of them in different and new ways taught me what love truly is. Throughout the years I was afforded to raise them, they each in their own way challenged me to be more, to be better, to grow and to embrace life in ways that any sane person never would. I now marvel at who they are as adults and that they've made it there even with me as their dad.

I am most happy when... Cooking...................

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? Philosophically, are there mistakes? Isn't an outcome the direct intentional or unintentional result of the known and unrealized actions that brought that outcome about? Perhaps a "mistake" is then something that was unexpected and therefore always presents something positive - the opportunity to learn.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Sitting and reading on a favorite large rock just off shore into the surf at Point Judith (while the tide is out of course). For me the ocean and living bodies of water are places of renewal - what are described in Celtic traditions as spiritual "thin places".