Russ Meuff '03 and Ryanne Pilgeram '03

Russ and Ryanne met her first day on campus in fall of 1999. They lived a few doors apart in Walter Hall.

Ryanne asked him where the swimming pool was and he said he didn't know. Now, he had seemed rather flirtatious with other women, so Ryanne was a bit peeved that he didn’t have the time to point her toward the pool. Russ contends that he just didn’t know where the pool was.

Despite their first encounter the pair became close friends, but nothing more. Russ dated lots of girls and Ryanne had a boyfriend.

In January Ryanne broke up with her boyfriend and Russ happened to be between girlfriends. One day Ryanne asked him, “Can friends kiss and still be friends?” He said, “Yes.” So they swore that no matter what happened they would always stay friends.

It wasn’t love at first sight, but it was love at first kiss. They have been married since 2005. Their first baby Boxer, Alden, arrived in 2007 and little brother Will followed in 2010.

Posted by Martha Calus-Mclain ( on Jan 31, 2011 at 1:58 PM

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