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03-11-2009

Clarkson University Trustee Emeritus John P. Campbell Dies

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Clarkson University Trustee Emeritus John P. Campbell died in York, Maine, on March 10, due to complications from heart surgery. He was 85 years old.

First elected as a Clarkson trustee in 1969, Campbell, during three five-year terms, became a major influence in the evolution of Clarkson. He served on the fiscal planning committee, the academic planning committee and the executive committee. He also served as secretary of the board and chaired the nominating committee. Trustee emerittus J Campbell

He received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Clarkson in 1992 for "his wisdom and effective guidance through critical years of Clarkson’s institutional evolution, and for his example of solid achievement and public service in the professional world."

Campbell was born on September 1, 1923 in Utica, N.Y. He always referred to himself as a "bib-overall guy from Oneida County." Campbell was educated at Middlesex School, Concord, Mass., Harvard College and Columbia Law School. His attendance at Harvard was interrupted by his service in the U.S. Army Air Force in Europe from late 1942-1945.

Campbell was initially employed by Reynolds Richards in June 1949 and JPMorgan in January 1950. Campbell was a member of the New York Bar (1950), the D.C. Bar (1961), and the Maine Bar (1978). He was Assistant Counsel Senate Committee to Investigate Crime Interstate Commissioner, 1951-1952. He joined Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP in November 1952 and became Partner in September 1959. He was a member of the Harvard Club and the Links Club in New York, the Metropolitan Club in Washington, DC and the US Saint Andrews Society.

John Campbell spent 1942 to 1946 in the Army Air Force rising from Private to Captain, and stayed in the reserves until 1958.

While a partner at Curtis he litigated matters involving trust and estates, bankruptcy, securities, and commodities. Campbell became of counsel at Curtis at the end of 1992 and then became a partner in the firm called York Law LLC (formerly Erwin Ott Clark Orso & Campbell) in York, Maine. He was counsel to Curtis since mid-1993. He continued to assist in development of work on a number of trusts and estates and insolvency selected matters in which he had been involved for many years.

Campbell was married in August 1949 and is survived by his wife, Eleanor M. Saggerman Campbell and four children, Samuel R. Campbell, Frederick B. Campbell, Louisa D. Campbell Travis, Camilla B. Campbell Platt, and seven grandchildren.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[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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