Dr. Donald Ross Campbell

November 25, 1936November 2, 2012

Dr. Donald Ross Campbell Obituary Dr. Donald Ross Campbell, 75, of Signal Mountain, died on Friday, November 2, 2012. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Campbell received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1959. He served proudly in the Navy from 1959 until 1963, which service included a notable confrontation with a Soviet ship carrying nuclear warheads during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following his service in the military, Dr. Campbell entered medical school at the University of Florida and received a Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1967. After completing his medical internship in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Campbell served as a medical missionary for Wycliffe Bible Translators in Bolivia during 1968 and 1969. It was there that he decided to become a psychiatrist, and, when he returned to the United States, he completed a Residency and Fellowship in Adult and Child Psychiatry at the University of Florida from 1969 to 1973. Dr. Campbell moved with his wife, Patricia, and their children to Signal Mountain 39 years ago. From 1973 until 1996, Dr. Campbell was a practicing child and adolescent psychiatrist, during which time he served as a Medical Director at Valley Psychiatric Hospital, founded Southeastern Counseling Center, and was Director of Pediatric Training in Child Psychiatry for the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Providing nurture, counsel and advice to parents, children and adolescents, with the goals of supporting and strengthening families, were his calling and ministry. Following his retirement from the practice of medicine in 1997, Dr. Campbell continued writing and lecturing, and became passionately involved as a seminar leader and board member for the Ministering to Ministers foundation. There, he devoted countless hours to coaching, counseling and encouraging pastors and their families in dealing with the challenging issues faced by those engaged in vocational ministry. Throughout his career, Dr. Campbell was a prolific writer and lecturer on the topic of parenting children. During his career, he published a total of fifteen books, including the internationally acclaimed bestseller, How to Really Love Your Child, which sold over two million copies and has been translated into more than forty languages. His book, How to Really Love Your Teenager, received the Christian Publishers’ Gold Medallion Award. More recently, he co-authored with Gary Chapman, the popular book, Five Love Languages of Children. In addition to his writing, Dr. Campbell has lectured on parenting not only in the United States, but in countries throughout the world. Dr. Campbell was an avid traveler, having visited six of the seven continents. He was an instrument-rated pilot, and loved to fly his twin engine airplane on long trips back to his native New Mexico. With a passion for the outdoors, he hiked trails and mountains throughout the world, and was indulging that passion on the day that he left this world to be with the Lord. Dr. Campbell was predeceased by his loving wife of 47 years, Patricia Ann Campbell, with whom he is now reunited. He is survived by four children: Carey Steger and husband, Chris; Cathy Campbell; David Campbell and wife, Rebekah; and Dale Campbell and wife, Kisha. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Cami Steger; Coen, Rainey, August, Blaine, Mia Blaise and Hampton Campbell; one sister, Sue Thomas; and two brothers, Ray Campbell and wife, Virginia, and Monte Campbell and wife, Beth. Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, November 7 at Signal Mountain Baptist Church with Dr. David Myers officiating. Burial will be at the National Cemetery immediately following. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the North Chapel of the Chattanooga Funeral Home. The family encourages donations, in memory of Dr. Campbell, to Ministering to Ministers Foundation, Inc., 510 Branchway Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23236. Please share your thoughts and memories at Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, North Chapel, 5401 Hwy 153, Hixson, TN, 37343. Please share your thoughts and Memories at


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 6, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Kathy Kalen

November 16, 2012

There are no words to express our sorrow of our loss. Ross was a wonderful friend that loved to hike with us and the Moreno Valley Trekker in NM, CO, and WY. He loved his family and wife, Pat. They and his friends were very important to him. We shall miss this great man very much. Kathy & Herb Kalen Angel Fire, NM

Cile Cowan

November 10, 2012

Dale and Kisha-

Matt and I are just now learning about the passing of Dale's Dad. We have felt close to him through you all even though we never met. Our prayers are with you and your families as you go through this time of greiving. May it bring you great comfort to know that his is in the arms our his and our savior.

Cile and Matt

Cecilia S

November 9, 2012

Even though I lived in Indonesia, I am familiar with Dr.Campbell's works. They are treasure. As I googled his name to find information about his books, I am deeply shocked by this news. May your soul rest in peace Dr.Campbell. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service towards humanity through the profession of counselor. Your work is precious beyond comprehension. May your legacy of faith be continued to the many generations ahead and may Dr.Campbell's family be strengthened and comforted by God Himself during this difficult times. With deepest sympathy, Cecilia.

November 8, 2012

We have been out of town and just found out this news last night. Our thoughts and Prayers are with the Campbell Family. May God offer you comfort and strength.

Respectfully submitted,
The Runnels Family

Marcia Phillips

November 8, 2012

To ALL the family-- praying for arms of comfort from the Holy Spirit during your grief. I loved his laugh. I know he loved each of you. His earthly chrysalis is now shed and he is enjoying all God's beauty flying free. I was amazed that my son Grady saw him on the trail and they waved to each other in his last moments. May this poem bring you comfort . A symbol of hope that life will change when It's hard to cope and life seems strange. Like the caterpillar slow bound by gravity; we all yearn to freedom know from man's depravity. Christmas says that Jesus came to free us from our pain. Now all who call upon His name eternal life will gain. With Him we shed our chrysalis of failures here on earth . With Him we fly in joyful bliss and cherish our new birth.

David Cox

November 7, 2012

Dale, David, Carey and family -
I have so many great memories with your family! Especially, Dale, all those little league games (especially when I was pitching and you hit that line drive off my ankle that ricocheted into left field!), summer baseball, getting some practice swings in the batting cage, football, going to movies, weddings, parties, and events with the Baptist Church.
My parents, Kathy, Sherry and I think so much of you all and appreciate your friendship! Your parents' decency and uncommon kindness is evident in you guys - they raised an amazing family! We're thinking of you.
David Cox (Ron, Nancy, Kathy, and Sherry) - Signal Mountain, TN

Gertrude Helwig

November 7, 2012

Chris, Carey and Family, Deepest sympathy in your loss.

November 6, 2012

Dear Campbell Family,
My heart is with you all. Your Dad was a gift to everyone who crossed his path.I am thankful to have known him, and to know the amazing people he and your Mom raised.I pray you all feel caught close in God's comfort.
Much love,
Lattie Miller Brown

Anne Marie Miller

November 6, 2012

As many have already mentioned, Dr. Campbell's books were a tremendous resource to me personally and to those I helped through La Leche League. His work and words helped so many. Thank you to the family for sharing him with the larger community. I know he will be missed.

Anne Marie Miller
La Leche League Alliance

Cheryl/Bill Mason

November 6, 2012

We were shocked to hear about our dear friend Ross's death. We talked to him just the other day and he sounded so good. We will miss him very much but have such good memories of him - hiking, traveling, and just visiting with him. He was a very special friend. Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Cheryl & Bill Mason from Angel Fire, NM