Friday, October 8, 2010

Edward J. Campbell

Surrounded by his loving family, Edward J. Campbell, age 82, passed away Friday, October 8, 2010, at the Francis House. Edward was born in Newton, Massachusetts, February 21, 1928, son of the late Edward and Mary (Nee: Doherty) Campbell, whom were both born in County Donegal, Ireland.

Edward graduated from Newton High School, Newton, MA, in 1945. From 1945 to 1948 he served in the United States Navy (Electronics School and USS Ozburn DD846).

At Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Edward received a BSME in 1952 and MBA in 1959. Early in his career he was employed at American Brake Shoe Company (ABEX) and Whirlpool Corp. He continued in leadership roles employed at Joy Manufacturing Company as General Manager from 1966-1967, JI Case Company (Tenneco) as Executive Vice President from 1968-1978, Newport News Shipbuilding (Tenneco) from 1979 -1991 as President and CEO, and JI Case Company (Tenneco) as President and CEO from 1992 until his retirement in 1994.

Edward was dedicated to numerous business, educational, and technical organizations. He was active in civic affairs including: member and chairman of Berrien County, Michigan Republic Party, President of Benton Harbor Michigan Kiwanis Club, President of Racine Area Chamber of Commerce, Founder of the Junior Achievement of Virginia Peninsula, Member of Defense Planning and Advisory Council (U.S. Government–Defense Department), member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Advisory Council (U.S. Government-Commerce Department), board member of Worldwide United Service Organization (U.S.O.) President of SNAME. Edward served on the Board of Directors with C & S/Sovran Banks, Global Marine, Zurn Industries and Titan Wheel. He was also a member of the Somerset Club, Racine, Commonwealth Club, Richmond, VA, Harbor Club, Norfolk, VA, The Club at the World Trade Center, New York, NY, and various golf clubs including the Pine Valley Golf Club of Clementon, NJ, Laurel Valley Golf Club of Ligonie, PA, Kingsmill Golf Club of Williamsburg, VA, Burning Tree Golf Club of Bethesda, MD, James River Country Club of Newport News, VA, and the Racine Country Club.

Edward was the proud recipient of several awards including: Industrialist of the Year, Virginia; Admiral Nimitz Award and Theodore Roosevelt Award, U.S. Navy League; Admiral Land Award. He enjoyed sports, golfing, reading, and traveling.

Survivors include his children, Gary (Suzanne) Campbell of Racine, Kevin (Mary) Campbell of Yorktown, VA, Diane M. Campbell of Racine; his grandson, Edward (Yolanda) Campbell of Bellflower, CA; his great grandson, Patrick Michel of Bellflower, CA; brothers and sisters, James F. (Kitty) Campbell of Grand Rapids, MI, William J. (Roberta) Campbell of Little River, SC, Margaret (Richard) Kearney of West Barnstable, MA, Neil P. (Suzanne) Campbell, of Centerville, MA, Mary Rose Campbell of Wayland, MA; numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, October 16, 2010, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. William J. Dietzler officiating. Interment with full military honors will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover on Tuesday October 19 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Diabetes Association, Alzheimer’s Association, Countryside Humane Society, Bethany Apartments, St. Monica’s Senior Citizens Home. Franciscan Villa of South Milwaukee or the Salvation Army have been suggested.

The family would like to thank Barbara Hammes who was a dear friend to Ed and Gary. Barb was of invaluable help during Ed’s illness. We would also like to thank Sister Irene and the staff at St. Monica's, AnnaLee, Robin, Vitas Hospice and the staff at Francis House for making Ed’s last days so very peaceful, last but not least Sham who made his last days so comfortable.

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