Remembering Bob Campbell
April 4, 1921 – December 1, 2017
Robert, “Bob” Campbell passed away peacefully on December 1st, 2017.
Bob was born in San Mateo, California and spent much of his childhood in Southern California. His father was an oil geologist and the family traveled before he entered college.
He received his degree from University of California and remained to earn his PhD in Economics in 1953. He taught at the University of Illinois before moving to Eugene in late 1953. He was named head of the Department of Economics in 1962, a position held twice before retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1986.
As husband, father, teacher, brother and son, Bob never failed to provide for his wife of 74 years, Beth, his two sons, Boyd and Geoff and his brother, William and mother, Ardath.
As fisherman, backpacker, sailor, gourmet, wine enthusiast and traveler he showed us the beauty of the Oregon outdoors and how to enjoy life while being a good citizen.
Bob was a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy and taught mathematics and navigation before shipping out as third mate on a liberty ship sailing in the South Pacific during the Second World War.
Aside from his professional life as a teacher he was also active in many organizations including OCCU, Oregon State Tax Commission, Round Table, Public Library, Natural History Museum, Eugene Symphony and Opera.
Bob and Beth traveled extensively including sabbatical leaves spent in Ireland, England, Spain and New Zealand as a visiting professor. They were on one of the first tours into Mainland China in 1986 as well as many extended cruises around the world. They traveled to 82 countries over a period of 50 years.
Bob was preceded in death by his son Geoff and is survived by his wife Beth and son Boyd and will be missed by many.
The family requests any remembrances be in the form of donations to the Natural History and Cultural Museum at the University of Oregon.
(Courtesy of the Register-Guard)