Russell Saunders (1921-1992) was professor of organ at Eastman from 1967 until he passed away unexpectedly in 1992. Before coming to Eastman, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Drake University and served in the armed forces during World War II. During his quarter century at Eastman, Saunders established a reputation as an exceptional teacher who, along with his colleague David Craighead, set the standard for collegiate organ teaching in America. In 1986 he was awarded the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University Mentor Award recognizing scholarly pursuits and work with junior faculty. Russell Saunders was highly regarded for his excellent teaching techniques, warm personal style, and vitality.