retired Marine Corp Col. Marvin R. Russell, 58, a decorated fighter pilot who flew in three wars and then began a civilian career with Westingtinghouse Electric, died Feb, 27 in Frankfurt, West Germany, after a heart attack. He was stricken while on a business trip.
Col. Russell flew propeller-driven Corsair Fighters iln the Pacific in World War II and in Korea during the conflict there. He served four tours of duty in Vietnam, flying Phantom jet fighters and commanding a squadron.
In 1969, he retired to the Washington area and joined Westinghouse, holding various engineering and managerial positions. Among his assignment with that firm were projects for the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force in Scotland and, in this country, for the government of Iran. He lived in Silver Spring.
Since 1975, he had been a Westinghouse project manager and field engineer on the government's new Advanced Warning Aircraft (AWACS). He helped with the installation of its electronic and radar systems.
Col. Russell, who was born in Los Angeles, earned his pilot's wings in 1943. In 1955, he graduated from the Test Pilot School at the Patuxent Naval Air Station. In 1962, he took a degree in electrical engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School.
His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
Survivors include his wife, Guida Elizabeth Russell of Silver Spring; two sons, Marvin Ray Jr., of Seattle, Wash., and Guy Phillip Russell of Manassas; a daughter, Terri Leigh Russell of Silver Spring; a sister, Aleta Russell of Las Vegas, and five grandchildren.