Dr. Carl P. Russell, 79, a retired dentist in Annapolis, a past president of the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners, and a former member of the Anne Arundel County Commission, died of a heart ailment July 11 at the Fairfield nursing home in Annapolis.

Dr. Russell, a lifelong resident of Annapolis, attended St. John's College and earned his dental degree at the University of Maryland in 1927. He then established a practice in general dentistry in Annapolis and continued it until his retirement in 1969.

He was a member of the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners, which licenses dentists in the state, for six years and was its president in 1948 and 1949. He also was a member of the medical advisory board of what is now Anne Arundel General Hospital.

Dr. Russell was a past vice president of the Maryland State Dental Association and a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists as well as a member of numerous other professional organizations.

He represented Annapolis on the Anne Arundel County Commission from 1958 to 1963.

Dr. Russell was a past president of the Annapolis Civitan Club, a Shriner, a 32nd degree Mason, and a member of the Elks Club. He also was a member of the Calvary Untied Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Sophia Steed Russell of Annapolis; three children, Nancy Russell Kellerman of Alexandria, Carl P. Russell Jr. of Okemos, Mich., and Dr. John T. Russell of Annapolis; a brother, Dr. Oneal Russell, also of Annapolis; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.