on the Committee of Judges for Undergraduate versity campus. In 1988 he was invited to contribute Awards. He also coauthored four surveys of textbooks to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Sciences's (UCAR) Unidata Program as a member of used in meteorological education, which were pub- the User's Committee and in 1990 he became a mem- lished in the Bulletin. ber of that organization's Policy Committee. He con- He was a member of AMS, Sigma Xi, the Ameri- tinued to serve in these capacities until his illness can Historical Print Collector's Society, St. Anne's forced him to resign in 1995. In the words of his Catholic Church in Lancaster, and the Friends of Gan- Unidata Program colleagues, "Russ quickly showed ser Library Association of Millersville University. his hallmark concern for finding approaches and tech- Russ was a remarkable man who had a great love nologies for educating students. His dedication to the for people and for his work. He was a confidant for students and the process of education informed all his both his colleagues and his students, and his door was professional activities. He had the remarkable ability always open. He was always available to listen and of- to create consensus without acrimony and to facilitate fer his insights. In addition to his obvious intellectual action without fuss." In his work on the Unidata Pro- abilities, he possessed a huge reservoir of common gram committees, DeSouza played a critical role in sense. Russ was a man of great gentleness who exer- representing the interests and concerns of smaller col- cised his numerous talents effortlessly, with charm and leges and universities and in helping the committees with a delightful dry sense of humor. There is really no to maintain an integrated view of the entire university way to replace Russ. Those of us who loved him and community. In 1991 he volunteered Millersville Uni- worked with him must now learn to live without him. versity to maintain the Unidata Program's educational I believe the quality that most endeared Russ to a floater channel, and this responsibility was later ex- wide audience of admirers was his great ability to panded to include a channel for NIDS data. maintain a positive attitude. As Joseph Caputo, presi- One of DeSouza's most creative moments came in dent of Millersville University, said, "Russ was always a conversation with Richard Anthes, president of positive in his approach to things, even when things UCAR, when the idea of a membership class within weren't good. It was impossible to be annoyed with UCAR for non-Ph.D. granting institutions was born. Russ. I don't think I have ever known anyone else quite The UCAR Academic Affiliates Program became a like him." This positive attitude was never more evi- reality and Millersville University was one of its char- dent than in his long battle with the illness that took ter members, with DeSouza serving as the institution's his life. He remained hopeful to the end, and I never first representative to that program. heard him complain about his situation. Russ was the DeSouza served the AMS as a member of the Board consummate teacher, and he taught us through his ill- of School and Popular Meteorological Education and ness that even in the darkest hour much good can come. For example, he talked openly of his disease so as to educate others about the dangers of skin cancer. He also became involved in fund raising activities for the American Cancer Society, serving as the honor- ary chairman of the 1997 American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Lancaster. In his darkest hour, Russ held to his positive attitude, and in so doing, delivered his last lesson to those of us who were near him, a les- son in courage. &aAixyk 3). Russ is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sandra C. Masse DeSouza; his father; and two sisters. He was buried in Little Compton, Rhode Island. The Meteo- Jf" SfUyfwd tytintem rology Endowment Fund has been established in his honor at Millersville University.—Robert S. Ross. 1921-1997 2762 Vol. 78, No. 12,, December 1997
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Dec 1, 1997
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