- November 27, 1950 - May 24, 2013
- Austin, Texas
of Russell's Passing
- A fund at Austin Smiles and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has been established in honor of Russ.
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“Dear Ceci. I came across Russell's obit more or less at random. That's awful -- it's too young. I'm so sorry. What you wrote exudes how your life was...Read More »
1 of 44 | Posted by: Don M
“We are saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Neuhaus.I am a former patient of Dr. Neuhaus. In 1996 our family was in a horrific automobile accident...Read More »
2 of 44 | Posted by: Judy Shows - Kountze, TX
“Our world has suffered a great lost. Dr. Neuhaus was a genuine person. He was funny, smart, pleasant, and most of all, sincere. He was a good...Read More »
3 of 44 | Posted by: Josie Gomez - Hutto, TX
“My kinds and belove memories to Dr.Neuhaus,I was his patient back in 2000,he assisted me and my family during my eyelid and eye surgery,I remember...Read More »
4 of 44 | Posted by: ALEX LOPEZ - MONTERREY,MEXICO, TX
“I'm very sorry to learn of Russ's passing. I so enjoyed his wonderful personality in our Sigma Nu house at Northwestern. I reconnected with him some...Read More »
5 of 44 | Posted by: Dwight Grimestad - Decatur, IL
“I'm so sad to hear this, I was just calling to get an appt. I loved Dr. Neuhaus!!! He was always so kind and reassuring.
Sincere condolences to...Read More »
6 of 44 | Posted by: Christine Cosner - Austin, TX
“It's been over two months since we lost Dr. Neuhaus and not a day goes by that I don't miss his kind, open face, smile, and quirky humor. He was the...Read More »
7 of 44 | Posted by: Meredith Brown Brethe - Austin, TX
“Russ was a friend who I first met when I interviewed for residency at UCLA. We had dinner together and went to watch the movie "Animal House" in...Read More »
8 of 44 | Posted by: Gary Weinstein - Pittsburgh, PA
“Yesterday, I was talking with a friend who has a slight drooping of her eyelid. I told her I had ptosis surgery in the fall of 2009 and detailed my...Read More »
9 of 44 | Posted by: Mare Winter - Austin, TX
“We are so sorry to hear of Dr. Newhaus passing. He was such a beloved, devoted and caring doctor. I was one of his very first patients and all...Read More »
10 of 44 | Posted by: Millie and Ronnie Caywood - TX
“I am sorry to learn of Russell's death. We lived two rooms apart on the third floor of Elder Hall our freshman year at Northwestern. We had not...Read More »
11 of 44 | Posted by: Brian Edward Brouse - Tulsa, OK
“Dr. Neuhaus was always a pleasure to work with. He took great care of my patients and always treated everyone I saw him come in contact with with...Read More »
12 of 44 | Posted by: Oliver Lou - Austin, TX
“Dr. Neuhaus was one of the first colleagues I met in my rare trips to the Seton doctors lounge after moving to Austin, but that early contact was...Read More »
13 of 44 | Posted by: Susan Dozier, MD - Austin, TX
“Just want Dr. Neuhaus' family to know how much we enjoyed him coming to our clinic each month in Waco. Everyone at CTEC will miss him!
14 of 44 | Posted by: Debbie Lechner - Waco, TX
“It was wonderful to know Russ for 34 years. He was a kind, talented person who will be missed so much by all who knew him. I know he will get all...Read More »
15 of 44 | Posted by: Pamela Adlum Vigil - Austin, TX
“To Russ's family and brother Lowell...Deepest sympathy from one of your old country schoolhouse classmates. There wasn't many of us.....Randy Penke
16 of 44 | Posted by: Randy Penke - Papillion, NE
“Dr Neuhaus performed eyelid repair surgery twice for me, the last a few years ago. Such a top professional but a sweet man as well. He will be...Read More »
17 of 44 | Posted by: Susan Hardy Vanhorn - Austin, TX
“Our whole family was greatly saddened by this news. Our deepest sympathy to Cecilia, Laura and Eric on the loss of such an excellent husband and...Read More »
18 of 44 | Posted by: Pat Ricks - Corona del Mar, CA
“Doctor Russ Neuhaus made our medical community a much better place. He treated all with the graceful temperament that he possessed and spent his...Read More »
20 of 44 | Posted by: William McCarron - Austin, TX
“My heart hurts for Cece, Eric and Laura - and Lowell - I have loved the Neuhaus family since my early teens. I am thinking about Russ at our 40th...Read More »
21 of 44 | Posted by: Gayle Givler Dean - Fsrmington
“My deepest sympathies. Russ was such a fun person. I had several classes with him in High School. In Latin class we pulled him around in a chariot....Read More »
22 of 44 | Posted by: Shelley (Smith) Whitman - Omaha, NE
“Dear Cecilia, Laura & Jonathan & Eric,
I am so very sorry for your loss of Russ. He started off in Omaha as a kind and compassionate young man and...Read More »
23 of 44 | Posted by: Patricia Greenberg - Boulder, CO
“Russ was a fellow of my father's during the early 80s at UCLA. I remember him coming over to our house in Encino, CA. He was so friendly and kind to...Read More »
24 of 44 | Posted by: Barbie Rebecca Eriksson - Austin, TX
“From the perspective of a long-time OR nurse and employee: A great doc, great father, loved "the Wife" like a high-school sweetheart, great boss,...Read More »
25 of 44 | Posted by: Jimmy & Annabel Harwell - TX
“I started working for Dr. Neuhaus twenty years ago. Through all those years I Iearned so much from him and he made me laugh everyday. I will miss ...Read More »
26 of 44 | Posted by: Theresa Allen R.N. - Austin, TX
“A very well thought of man and Doctor prayers to his family, Judy Connor R.N.
27 of 44 | Posted by: Judy Connor - Austin, TX
“When I think of Russ, I can't help but think of this picture. Full throttle on Lake Austin, iPhone clipped to his belt, a very functional hat, and a...Read More »
28 of 44 | Posted by: Moshe Tamssot - Chicago, IL
“My deepest, deepest sympathy. Russ was such an awesome person! He was always kind and friendly to everyone. Many fond memories of high school...Read More »
29 of 44 | Posted by: Sharon "Ewin" Housh - Omaha, NE
“To Family & Friends,
Many years ago, Doctor Neuhaus performed surgery on my eyes. The procedure was successful, conducted in a gentle and...Read More »
30 of 44 | Posted by: Charlie Whidden - Spicewood, TX
“I am deeply sadden by the loss of a fine gentleman to this community. A person who showed kindness to his patients and was respected by thoses who...Read More »
31 of 44 | Posted by: Jerry Ressling - dripping springs, TX
“Lowell,What a shock to see your brother's name in the death notices. You and Russ were two of the finest students I had the privilege to know and...Read More »
32 of 44 | Posted by: Jim Felten - Mesa, AZ
“Heartfelt condolences to the family. Russ is one of the truly great guys in ASOPRS. I met him in 1987 or so and had quite a number of great...Read More »
33 of 44 | Posted by: John Holds MD - St. Louis, MO
“A gentle, sincere and, so extremely smart that most never really knew him. A loss to all.
34 of 44 | Posted by: A friend
“Russ was a uniquely special person and physician who suffered an untimely death. I was fortunate to have shared professional experiences with Russ...Read More »
35 of 44 | Posted by: Sue Knolle - Austin, TX
“Russ was an awesome person! We were in many classes together in high school. He was such a brilliant and warm person. We had so much fun in...Read More »
36 of 44 | Posted by: Gayle (Slaughter) Bradley - NE
“Dear Laura, please accept my personal condolences. My thoughts are with you and with your family today. I know that everyone here at the CHSI feels...Read More »
37 of 44 | Posted by: Jean-Francois Gauvin - Cambridge, MA
“We were so sorry to learn of Russell's passing and want you to know that you and your family are in our prayers! Alice and Charles Travis
38 of 44 | Posted by: - CA
“We have lost another "great" Doctor and Man. The Seton OR halls will never be the same. We will miss his smiling face.
39 of 44 | Posted by: Linda Bauer - Austin, TX
“Of all the ophthalmologists in Austin, Russ was the kindest. Whenever there was an ophthalmology meeting he made it a point to reach out to me and...Read More »
40 of 44 | Posted by: Shannon Wong - Austin, TX
“Very sorry to hear of Russ's passing. I was two years ahead of Russ at Burke, but knew and liked him. Brilliant. A loss for all... with deepest...Read More »
41 of 44 | Posted by: Mort Mortensen - Atlanta, GA
“As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
42 of 44 | Posted by: A friend
“He was such a great Mentor, he truly loved his patients and staff.He has so many funny sayings that we all use around our office.He loved to hide...Read More »
43 of 44 | Posted by: Geneva Grant - Austin, TX
We are so sorry for hard times you and Russ faced. We think of you and you always have our prayers. Much love, Lynn Langley and Jim...Read More »
44 of 44 | Posted by: Lynn Langley - Austin, TX
Russell W. Neuhaus, M.D., devoted husband, beloved father, and dedicated physician passed away May 24th, 2013 after an epic and spirited fight against complications from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.
Russ was born on November 27th, 1950 to Verna Buller Neuhaus and Arthur J.H. Neuhaus in Omaha, Nebraska. They lived on a farm on the outskirts of Omaha, where he spent the first eighteen years of his life. From childhood he tended the livestock in sub-zero weather with his younger brother Lowell, taking his chores as seriously as his toys.
In school, Russ distinguished himself early on. He immersed in math and science, where he received multiple academic honors, including graduating at the top of his class. He also cultivated a delight for the unexpected: during a high school staging of "The Sound of Music," his mother, who was in the audience, was surprised to see her reserved, brainy son waltz out on stage as Captain Von Trapp.
With his father at the wheel, and his mother in the backseat balancing a lamp on her lap, Russ left the farmland of Nebraska for the lakeside campus of Northwestern University in 1969. There he tried many things for the first time: sideburns, polyester suits, his first and last beard. He gravitated toward electrical engineering, which he loved for its logic and pragmatism. When his parents came up for his graduation, he told them not to be disappointed if he didn't receive any special recognition. It turned out that Russ was awarded the school's top prize for math and science and graduated summa cum laude. Inspired by like-minded students in his fraternity Sigma Nu, and encouraged by his professors, he decided to pursue medicine after graduation. The field's combination of scholarship and service to others appealed to him.
Trading snow for humidity, Russ chose to attend Baylor Medical School, where he graduated with honors and was selected for Alpha Omega Alpha, an honor medical society. During his time in Houston he made several lifelong friends, several of whom later settled in Austin. He enjoyed taking breaks from studying to tour the then-foreign Texas countryside. He fell in love with Austin. (He did not return until he'd fallen in love with a person, too.) He went to Los Angeles to complete his internship at the UCLA Medical Center and ophthalmology residency at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, followed by an oculoplastic fellowship.
During his residency, Russ went on a double date with a friend. While his own date didn't go very far, he found a match with Cecilia, the love of his life. (Her date didn't go very far either.) After a yearlong courtship of roller-skating down the Santa Monica Boardwalk and sharing ice cream sundaes, Russ and Cecilia married on December 15th, 1979. They lived for almost three years in a cozy bungalow in North Hollywood. In the summer of 1982, when Cecilia was six months pregnant with their first child, Laura, they packed up and moved to Austin, Texas. While Cecilia flew to her new home, the couple's grandmothers arrived to help Russ drive their belongings across the southwest, cementing a lifelong friendship between the two grandmothers.
1982 was a big year for Russ. He opened up a solo practice, hanging his shingle at #9 Medical Arts Square, which he bought from retiring ophthalmologist Otto Lippmann. He purchased a new house near the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and assembled his first crib.
A slim rolodex and 20% interest rates were offset by a lot of grit. Russ's bets paid off. The practice gained momentum, and in 1987 he expanded to the 3rd floor of Austin Medical Plaza. Over the next ten years his professional skills grew dramatically. He taught residents and medical students at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, a custom kept up for the rest of his professional life. He published and lectured at medical schools and seminars in the United States and abroad. Russ also helped the FDA with early trials of botulism, which became better known as Botox, and later a cornerstone of his practice. He was committed to his own professional development and valued the time he spent serving the larger medical community through the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Travis County Medical Society, and the Outpatient Ophthalmology Surgery Society Board of Directors.
By 1997 the practice was bustling, and Russ recognized it was time to expand. His trusted friend and colleague John Shore joined the practice. Russ was thrilled – he had long admired John's professionalism and integrity. With a handshake they built a new practice, Texas Oculoplastic Consultants, and expanded it to several satellite offices serving the central Texas community. TOC flourished, adding an operating suite, CAREOS, and later an aesthetic medical spa, Toccare.
Several other distinguished physicians joined the TOC team and helped build the practice, including Sean Blaydon, Todd Shepler, Tanuj Nakra, and Malina Amato. Russ forged close relationships with his colleagues, and was pleased to mentor those of the next generation. Russ understood the importance of each member of the office staff, and prided himself on how long many served. Most of all, Russ excelled -- and reveled -- in the joy and comfort his care afforded his patients. When asked by his children why he became a doctor, he answered without pause "it was the best way I could think to help people."
At home, his family knew Russ for his tireless commitment to family life: cuddling and reading to Laura and Eric every night when they were young, volunteering at innumerable football, swim team, or crew activities at St. Stephen's, and toiling in the heat beside Cecilia in their (well, her) beloved rose garden. His love for his children knew no bounds – which his daughter tested frequently by rolling his hair in plastic pink curlers while he napped. Russ relished family vacations. He often recalled fond memories of playing with Eric and his Hot Wheels collection in a remote cabin incontinued...