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Russell and Janet skiing on the lake.

Russell Spring: 1926-2018

Last Updated: 01.Aug.2018

The Center's founder, Russell M Spring, passed Monday night. He was 92.

Russell joins his wife Janet, who had pre-deceased him by a year and a half. Russell and Janet founded the Center in 1976, after purchasing the Cutler Academy campus, a former boys' school. They cut a Nordic trail network on the land, hosted sculling camps, and added running camps a short time later. Russell and Janet, and the whole Spring family, grew the Center for the next 30+ years, before selling to Dick and Judy who reformed the organization into the non-profit it is today.

We will share the obituary as soon as available, however, we wanted to share the news of his passing. Russell's curiosity, openness to new ideas and embrace of an engaged life lived outdoors formed the much of the bedrock that the current Center is built on. RIP Russell.