Dr Russell Mawby

It was with enormous sadness that the College received the news of the death of Dr Russell G Mawby, Honorary Fellow, on October 20th, at the age of 89. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the WK Kellogg Foundation, Dr Mawby championed the advancement of education throughout the world, with a particular emphasis on opportunities for adults to pursue their education. Under Dr Mawby’s leadership, the Foundation gave generous and consistent support to Oxford, first to the Department for Continuing Education, and later played a crucial role in the establishment of Kellogg College in 1990.

The College has never had a better friend, and we extend our sincerest condolences to Mrs LouAnn Mawby and the family.

Dr Geoffrey Thomas, Founding President of Kellogg College


A brief profile of Dr Mawby

Dr Mawby was Chairman Emeritus of the W K Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.

He grew up on a farm in western Michigan and took degrees in horticulture and agricultural economics from Michigan State and Purdue Universities.  He then served on the faculties of both institutions, his longest period of service being at Michigan State from 1952 to 1964.  There he began as an instructor, later becoming a professor and assistant director of the Cooperative Extension Service responsible for 4-H Clubs and youth programming.

In December 1964, he joined the staff of the W K Kellogg Foundation as Director of the Division of Agriculture.  Dr Mawby became Vice-President in 1967 and was named Chief Executive Officer in 1970, retiring as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1995.  He continued to serve as a trustee of the Foundation until December 2000 and as an honorary trustee from 2001 through 2003.

Dr Mawby was a member of the Michigan Community Service Commission, a member of the board of Trustees of Starr Commonwealth, Albion, Michigan; Michigan, a Non-profit Association, East Lansing; the United Christian Colleges Fund, Washington, DC; the Council of Michigan Foundations, Grand Haven, serving as Chair of the Council’s Advisory Cabinet and the Steering Committee for CMF’s Learning to Give project.  He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Kellogg Company and the J M Smucker Company, and on the board of trustees and as Chairman of the Council on Foundations in Washington, DC; the Foundation Center in New York City; and Michigan State University in East Lansing.  He was an emeritus member of the Board of Governors of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Dr Mawby published widely in the fields of adult learning, university extension, and philanthropy.  He held honorary degrees from a large number of universities in Europe and the United States. His other honours included Knight First Class of the Royal Order of St Olaf (Norway), Knight’s Cross of the Order of Dannebrog First Class (Denmark), the US National Governors’ Award for Distinguished Service, and the Owner of the Year Award (1998) of the Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association.  Dr Mawby was a member of the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors from 1991.

Dr Russell Mawby