Ga. — The Rev. Harry Grant Campbell Jr.,
lieutenant colonel (ret.) in the U.S. Army, 82, of
Ga., died Sunday afternoon, May 14, 2000, at
The Columbia Doctor's Hospital in
He was born on March 27,
1918, in Cooperstown, the son of the late Harry Grant Campbell Sr. and
Pearl (Vroman) Campbell.
Father Campbell was
baptized and confirmed in Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown and graduated
High School with the Class
of 1937. He then enrolled at
College, Oneonta, the oldest divinity
college in the
United States, established
in 1719. Upon graduation he transferred to
University and enrolled in
School. Upon graduation in
1943, he received his bachelor's of science degree and STB (bachelor of sacred
His foundation for the
priesthood now established, Father Campbell was made a deacon of the Episcopal
Church at All Saints Cathedral on St. Andrew's Day in 1943; and was ordained a
priest at All Saints Cathedral on June 4, 1944, in Albany. In later years he was
made an honorary canon with the Albany Episcopal Diocese.
Furthering his ministry,
he was curate at
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in
Albany from 1944-1945. He then
became rector of St. James Church in
Lake George and priest-in-charge at St. Mary in
Luzerne from 1945-1946. This was a dual role for a priest, and at St. James, the
flamboyant Mayor LaGuardia of
New York City was a frequent
visitor. Subsequently, he became priest-in-charge at
St. Paul's Church in
Salem from 1946-1948, and was rector of St.
Luke's Church in
Cambridge from 1946-1950. While at
St. Luke's, he taught classes on religion at Bennington College for Girls in
Bennington, Vt., where he became a friend of Anna Mae Roberts, better known as
Answering a call to the
military, Father Campbell volunteered for the Chaplains' Corps in 1949, and was
inducted into the United States Army as a first lieutenant at
N.J., in 1950. He was then sent to
Korea where he became a
combat chaplain assigned to the 7th Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.
Reassigned to the First
N.Y., he was the post chaplain from
1951-1956. This began an association with high ranking military officers, with
whom he had lasting relationships at
Benning and later in
Columbus. In his religious capacity,
he became an advisor and counselor to many soldiers and their families.
Korea, he became the 31st
Regimental chaplain for the 7th Infantry Division from 1956-1957. During this
tour of duty he established an orphanage for Korean children, innocent victims
of this war. Transferred to
Benning, he became post
chaplain and officer and priest-in-charge of the St. Michael's Chapel (the
Airborne Chapel) from 1957-1960. During this period he also helped establish St.
Thomas Episcopal Church and was one of the first priests to conduct services
there. He was then sent to
Germany, serving as
chaplain, first for the 28th Signal Brigade at Boerglingen from 1960-1962, and
then for the 9th Hospital Group in Heidelburg from July 1963-May 1965.
Reassigned to "The
States," Chaplain Campbell was post chaplain, CONARC Headquarters,
Va., from May 1965-1967.
then volunteered for
Vietnam and served as
staff chaplain, 20th Engineer Brigade from Dec. 30, 1967, to Jan. 1, 1969,
during the Tet
Returning to the
United States, he became
staff chaplain, 6th Army Air Defense Command from January 1969 to August 1971.
Upon completion of this tour of duty he retired as a lieutenant colonel at
Presidio of San Francisco. He was then interim rector of
Church in Sauselito for
three years and associate rector for two years.
In January 1975, he moved
Fla., and became associated with
St. John's Episcopal Church, serving there until
Columbus in 1980, to be with his
extended family. This began his involvement at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Chaplain Campbell attended
and graduated from numerous
Schools, including Chaplains' Basic
Course in 1951, Chaplains' Advanced Course in 1957, Chaplains' Career Course in
1961, Senior Orientation Course, Chaplains' School,
N.Y. in 1969, and Counseling
Instruction (Pastoral Institute of Los Angeles) in 1970.
His decorations and awards
include; Legion of Merit, one Oak Leaf Cluster; Bronze Star for Valor, one Oak
Leaf Cluster; Korean Service Medal; United States Service Medal; Greek Army
Commendation Medal (1952); National Defense Service Medal; Army Commendation
Medal, one Oak Leaf Cluster; National Defense Service Medal, one Oak Leaf
Cluster; Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal with "60" devise and
Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Father Campbell was also
involved in all facets of community life in
Columbus. He joined the Kiwanis Club
in 1981, was very active with the Muscogee County Literacy Program as a
recruiter for tutors, was chairman of Kiwanis Club Community Activities
Committee from 1985-1986, was a member of the Columbus Country Club, the Bradley
Museum, the Historical Association of Columbus, the Springer Theater Group, the
Columbus Symphony and the Yale Club of Georgia.
Father Campbell is
survived by two sisters, Aline C. Heller of Cooperstown and Thelma C. Ryan or
Pensacola, Fla.; one aunt, Margaret Campbell Church of Cooperstown; three
nieces, Sandra H. Thorne of Toddsville, Marion H. Terpening of Warren, Ohio, and
Nancy Ryan Kittle of' Pensacola, Fla.; one nephew, Harry James Ryan of
Ganesvoort; as well as his extended family, Stacy and Bob Poydasheff of
Columbus, Ga., their children and grandchildren, who always referred to him as
"Pop-Pop." He will be greatly missed.
A funeral service will be
held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at Trinity Episcopal Church in
Ga., with Fr. Tom Jones, Fr. W.
McSwain and Fr. Vasile Bitere, officiating.
Burial with full military
honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2000, in the Hartwick
Seminary Cemetery, with the Rev. David Ball, retired bishop of the Albany
Episcopal Diocese, officiating.
In lieu of flowers,
expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to a charity
of one's choice in memory of Father Campbell.
Local arrangements are
under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in