Paul L. Caron
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Monday, September 13, 2021

Russell Osgood Named Interim Dean At Washington University

Following up on my previous post, Dean (And Tax Prof) Nancy Staudt To Leave Washington University On Oct. 1 To Be Dean Of RAND Graduate SchoolRussell K. Osgood has been named Interim Dean (more here).

OsgoodAfter earning his B.A. and J.D. at Yale, Russell was a tax associate at Hill & Barlow in Boston (1974-1978). He then was a Tax Prof at Boston University (1978-1980) and Cornell (1980-1988) before becoming Dean at Cornell (1988-1998) and President of Grinnell College (1998-2010). Since 2010, Russell has been a Visiting Professor at Washington University.

Russell has had an enormous influence on two generations of Caron men. I had absolutely no interest in tax as a Cornell law student before taking Russell's federal income tax class. I took other courses from him, served as his teaching assistant and research assistant, and helped shepherd his tax article to publication as a law review editor (Ages and Themes of Income Taxation: Savings and Investment, 68 Cornell L. Rev. 521 (1983)). Like Russell, I became a tax lawyer in Boston, tax professor, and dean. At every step along the way, Russell provided invaluable guidance and helped convince various hiring committees to take a chance on me. As if that wasn't enough, my son Reed attended Grinnell College while Russell was President and gave me the opportunity to re-connect with him and thank him for all he had done for both my son and me.

I have tried as professor and dean to pay it forward and alter the trajectory of the lives of my students as much as Russell altered the trajectory of my life. 

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2021/09/russell-osgood-named-interim-dean-at-washington-university.html

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