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APSUNAA hosts June 24 reception, book signing for alumnus, cardiologist

Austin Peay State Universitys National Alumni Association is hosting a reception and book signing from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, June 24 at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill for alumnus William Russo, M.D., a Memphis cardiologist and the son of Clarksville residents James and Virginia Bunnell.

Russo will be signing copies of his recently released book, A Perception of Reality, from PublishAmerica. At $20 each, copies will be available at the event. His first book, The Gray Zone, was published in 2001. Its sequel, Gray Perfection will be released this fall.
Austin Peay State University's National Alumni Association is hosting a reception and book signing from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, June 24 at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill for alumnus William Russo, M.D., a Memphis cardiologist and the son of Clarksville residents James and Virginia Bunnell.

Russo will be signing copies of his recently released book, “A Perception of Reality,” from PublishAmerica. At $20 each, copies will be available at the event. His first book, “The Gray Zone,” was published in 2001. Its sequel, “Gray Perfection” will be released this fall.

“A Perception of Reality” is another of Russo's medical science fiction thrillers. Set in Memphis, the action revolves around a medical doctor who develops a virtual reality EEG machine that enables the viewer to see and experience the last six hours of the subject's life in graphic detail. The theft of the machine takes the reader into uncharted territories.

After graduating from Clarksville High School, Russo enrolled at APSU, graduating in 1967 with a double major in chemistry and biology. He was accepted to medical school at the University of Tennessee-Memphis.

After residency and a fellowship, he began practicing cardiology with the Stern Cardiovascular Center, Memphis, where he now is a senior member and director of Stern's echocardiography lab.

Russo and his wife, Nelda, have two grown daughters and two grandchildren. — Dennie Burke