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Hamden Obituaries: Cynthia Eagle Russett, 77

She was admired by colleagues, friends, and students, she was known for her compassion, intellect, judgment, and quiet humor.





Cynthia Eagle Russett, 77, a noted historian and pioneer in women’s history at Yale and resident of Hamden, died Dec. 5, 2013, following a 12-year struggle with myeloma.

Admired by colleagues, friends, and students, she was known for her compassion, intellect, judgment, and quiet humor.

She authored award-winning publications, served on numerous committees at Yale, and was active in her community.

She helped found the Thomas More Soup Kitchen in New Haven more than 30 years ago and sang in her church choir.

Russett is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bruce; their four children, Margaret (spouse, Zafer), Mark (Kristen), Lucia (John), and Daniel (Krista); and three grandchildren, Thea, Jacob, and Zoe.

A service will be held at St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale on Dec. 19 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the chapel or World Wildlife Fund. 

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