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06-13-2006

Class of '42 Alumnus Makes $1 Million Gift to Clarkson University

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"For over six decades, Edie and Frank have offered their leadership, support, time and loyalty to Clarkson," said Clarkson University President Tony Collins in acknowledging the Campbell's gift. "They are a selfless, warm and engaging couple who cherish the idea of helping our students achieve an education. On behalf of all who will benefit from this generosity, we offer our appreciation for this wonderful gift in the same spirit in which it was given, with gracious thanks and deep appreciation." Edie & Frank Campbell

"I have very good memories of my student days. I always had in the back of my mind that I should give back," Campbell, who is 88, said recently.

Campbell attended Clarkson University on a football scholarship, was involved in ROTC, graduated in the middle of World War II in 1942 and found himself in an engineering battalion that saw service in North Africa, Italy, France and finally Germany. Before he went off to war, he married his college sweetheart, Edie. She spent another year in school at the Crane School of Music. After graduation, Edie taught music in public schools.

With the war behind them, Campbell joined General Electric, first at their plant in Schenectady, and eventually joining GE's Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. He held various managerial roles in engineering at the Knolls facility until his retirement in 1982, after 37 years with GE.

"We've been involved with Clarkson and the extended community since Frank graduated," added Mrs. Campbell. "Of course, I spent a lot of time at Clarkson and knew a lot of the people at the college when I was a student at Crane, so I sort of adopted it as my own."

Campbell has been a vice president and president of the Clarkson Alumni Association and in 1992 was recognized with the Golden Knight Award, Clarkson's highest alumni honor. The Campbells also have been active in the Schenectady area Clarkson alumni chapter.

PHOTO CAPTION: Francis B. (Frank) Campbell and his wife, Edie, have made a $1 million gift to Clarkson University. Frank is a 1942 graduate of the University.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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