Dr. John Emory Campbell

July 25, 1943August 29, 2018

John Emory Campbell, MD, FACEP

On August 29, Dr. John Emory Campbell, age 75, of Montgomery, breathed his last breath and committed his spirit to the care of our Heavenly Father. Born in Tallahassee, Florida before moving to Clay County, Alabama, Dr. Campbell attended pharmacy school at Auburn University and medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Campbell practiced medicine for over 35 years in emergency rooms across the state of Alabama and in Longview, Texas.

Along with his work as an emergency room physician, Dr. Campbell’s influence on the world of emergency medical care was extensive and widespread.

Dr. Campbell founded the Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) program in 1982. It was the first course and curriculum dedicated to prehospital trauma assessment and trauma care worldwide. BTLS grew to become International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) and is now a worldwide organization offering 15 types of trauma courses and teaching more than 30,000 students annually in more than 40 countries across the globe. Dr. Campbell served as President of ITLS until his passing.

From October 2, 2006 to April 1, 2011, Dr. Campbell served as EMS Medical Director for the State of Alabama. Under his leadership, he implemented changes to standardized patient care protocols across the entire state. His work lead to the mandatory training and certification of all providers who would communicate with paramedics in the field. One of the first such requirements in the history of the United States.

Outside of his vast professional accomplishments, Dr. Campbell was a loving husband, a devoted father, and an inspiring Christian. Dr. Campbell was preceded in death by his parents, William Groce and Carrie Lou Campbell; and his first wife, Jackie Brand Campbell. Dr. Campbell leaves behind in this world: his second wife of 7 years, Linda Page Campbell; two sons, Casey Campbell (Angie) and Jason Emory Campbell (Stacey); nine grandchildren, Jackson Conner Campbell, Patrick Emory Campbell, Margaret Emily Campbell, John Harrison Campbell, Maddox Alan Campbell, Ben Casey Campbell, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Rylan Emory Campbell, and Cameron Everett Campbell. Dr. Campbell also leaves behind a sister, Jane Thompson.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home in Montgomery, AL on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Daniel Atkins officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at LaFayette City Cemetery. To offer online condolences please visit


  • Linda Page Campbell, Wife
  • Casey Campbell , his wife Casey, Son
  • Jason Emory Campbell , his wife Stacey, Son
  • Jackson Conner Campbell, Grandchild
  • Patrick Emory Campbell, Grandchild
  • Margaret Emily Campbell, Grandchild
  • John Harrison Campbell, Grandchild
  • Maddox Alan Campbell, Grandchild
  • Ben Casey Campbell, Grandchild
  • Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Grandchild
  • Rylan Emory Campbell, Grandchild
  • Cameron Everette Campbell, Grandchild
  • Willimam Groce and Carrie Lou Campbell, Parents
  • Jackie Brand Campbell, His first wife


  • Visitation Friday, August 31, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, August 31, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, August 31, 2018

Dr. John Emory Campbell

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Cynthia Tufts

August 31, 2018

What a special and gifted person, Dr. Campbell was. As an RN who knew and worked with him at Lee County Hospital in the 80’s, I am among the masses who were privileged to know him.

God loaned us a great and special doctor with a servant’s heart and the world has lost one of God’s best.

My prayers for each family member as you celebrate and grieve the loss of his earthly presence.

Cynthia Tufts

East Alabama Emergency Medicine Physician Friends and Co-Workers

August 31, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers for the Campbell family. Dr. Campbell was a brilliant physician and a great friend. He will certainly be missed.

Karen Murphy

August 31, 2018

My perspective is one of old family friend. He had an impact on many lives in his hometown, some with his medical skills and others by his passion for the well being of others. Clay County is proud to have called him one of our own. My deepest sympathies to the family.

Bethany Jennings

August 31, 2018

As one of his numerous emergency room patients, Dr. Campbell is the emergency room physician I most remember during my 61 years and during my four sons' lives. In March 2001, my neck had been severely damaged, and I had been placed in an emergency exam room where I patiently waited in excess of three hours for a physician to talk with me. When Dr. Campbell walked into the exam room, it was apparent that The Lord shown around and through him. He was such a very kind and special man. With much empathy and compassion, he said, "Bethany, I apologize for your having to wait so very long. We just experienced three separate emergencies each resulting in death. One death was of a young child who had been run over." Because he was noticeably "shaken" by these deaths, I offered him my empathy, understanding, and encouragement. As a retired college educator with a doctorate, Dr. Campbell was the perfect example of an exceptional physician relative to his verbal and non-verbal behavior--admirable verbal and non-verbal behavior which should be taught to medical and emergency personnel of all professions. Within those words and few minutes with me, he taught me to always remind others (formally and informally) to be extremely patient while waiting for medical assistance because other circumstances much greater than one's own may be occurring and causing the wait. Dr. Campbell exemplified a physician who deserved tremendous respect and admiration as well as others of the medical professions and those of the emergency professions who give their expertise and their lives in such self-sacrificing ways with appropriate verbal and non-verbal behavior. It will always remain as one of the most memorable moments of my life.

Melissa Costello

August 30, 2018

Dr. Campbell was a wonderful physician and a true servant leader. His mentorship and teaching has impacted the lives tens of thousands of physicians, nurses, paramedics and EMTs. Through his mentorship, he has been able to touch millions of patients around the world. I was blessed to know him and work with him. He will be terribly missed.

Sharyl Donnadieu

August 30, 2018

May God embrace his family at this time. Who could not call this gentle giant a friend and mentor. As a new nurse he guided and taught me how to survive in the ER and to still laugh with your team. John was a born teacher who wanted to share his knowledge with others so they could be the best in their careers. He shared his humor with all. This man was loved by all and will be truly missed. I thank his family for sharing him with us.

Steve Tucker

August 29, 2018

Sorry for the loss of a good man. I was blessed to have worked with Doc at the start of my career he was a great teacher and leader. He lead with compassion, integrity, and demanded the same of his paramedics. I know he will be missed.

Lisa Tucker

August 29, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Campbell was an honorable man and a wonderful physician. I have been blessed to have worked with him and to have known him. He made an everlasting impression and I will never forget him. He will be missed.