Russell E. Dybvik

July 7, 1937 - July 4, 2017
Russell E. Dybvik

Veteran professional journalist Russell E. Dybvik died peacefully at home July 4, 2017. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Christiane. He is survived by daughter, Catherine Henry (Peter), son, Terry Dybvik (Catherine), sisters, Sandra Dybvik and Althea Greenfield, sister-in-law, Nicole Vangheluwe, two grandchildren, one niece and five nephews.

Born July 7, 1937 in Astoria, OR, Russ was inducted into Knappa High School’s “Wall of Fame” in 2008, an honor bestowed on outstanding graduates who have made significant contributions to society.

Russ received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1959 from Oregon State College.

His career began with United Press International in Portland, OR and San Francisco. In 1960, in Djakarta, Indonesia, he became the youngest foreign bureau chief in UPI history, and met the love of his life, Christiane.

Russ served in the U.S. Army (1962-64) and received the Army Commendation Medal for his service in Germany.

Russ worked for: Radio Free Europe in Munich and Brussels; Voice of America in Washington D.C.; and as chief diplomatic correspondent for the U.S. Information Agency. He visited 54 countries, while traveling with secretaries of state and presidents until his retirement in 1995.

Russ and Chris retired to Wilmington in 1997.  He had been passionate and active with golf, Men’s Group, Writers’ and Discussion Groups.  He served on the board of directors of Delphi and his HOA.

A celebration of Russ’ life will be held at 2 PM Friday July 7, 2017 at the Wilmington Funeral and Cremation Chapel, 1535 S. 41st Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Russ’ name to Kids Making It, Inc., 617 Castle Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st St., Wilmington, NC 28403  910-791-9099.


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  • July 19, 2017
    William B. Reinckens says:
    I met Russ when I was hired for the NESA -Near East South Asia, Wireless File, later known as the Washington File when the US Information Agency was the lead on Foreign Affairs reporting outlet for foreign audiences overseas. Russ would answer my questions about how everything worked at State from his perch in the Press Room. I had little to zero experience covering important foreign affairs stories. My news experience was covering cops and robbers in Prince George's County and did a four-year stint as a write-editor at the National Institutes of Health. Russ was the person that seasoned WF correspondents and other foreign affairs reporters would defer to on significant stories. He was an important resource to "get the story right" when covering events. He was solely missed when he retired. My condolences to his family and those close to him. Bill Reinckens