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Academic Leader and Basketball Hall of Famer Passes Away

Mount St. Mary's University

John W. “Jack” Campbell, Ph.D., C’64, passed away Sunday, October 24 after a lengthy illness. A son of the Mount, he served the university for nearly 30 years as dean of the college (1978-1982) vice president for academic affairs (1982-1990), provost (1990-95), acting president (1993), education professor (1995-2010) and adjunct professor (2011).

jack-campbell-1984.pngAs a center on the 1962 men’s basketball team that won the NCAA College Division National Championship, Campbell, along with his teammates, was inducted into the Mount St. Mary’s Hall of Fame in 1978. Earlier in 1978, Coach Jim Phelan had suggested that Campbell, then associate professor and education department chair at University of Nevada-Reno, apply for a position as chair of the Mount’s Education Department. Instead, he was offered the job of college provost. “It was pretty remarkable to be back at the Mount; it almost felt like something that was meant to be,” he told the New Jersey Herald in 2007.

After graduating from the Mount as an English major, Campbell taught English and coached basketball at Holy Cross High School in Delaware while pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Delaware. He earned his doctorate in special education at Penn State. He was the author of the books Individual Instruction and Student Discipline and Classroom Management.

He was a recipient of the University’s John Richards Award for Teaching Excellence and the Friends of Catholic Education Lifetime Achievement Award.

1962-championship.jpgCampbell is survived by his wife, Jackie, C’84, son John W., Jr., C'86, and daughters Colleen, Cathy, C'88, and Kristen, as well as 10 grandchildren, including Rita Anoh, C’23, and 13 great-grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday, November 1, at Stauffer Funeral Home in Thurmont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 2, at the University's Chapel of the Immaculate Conception with the Rev. James Donohue as celebrant and homilist, and the Rev. Martin Moran, university chaplain, as concelebrant. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mount’s School of Education.

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