January 7, 1939 – April 11, 2019
David Campbell was born on January 7, 1939 and passed away on April 11, 2019.
- Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2019
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, April 17, 2019
April 19, 2019
Kathleen & family - Dr. Campbell was indeed one-of-a-kind. I enjoyed talking with him about different subjects during his time at Valdosta State. I will always treasure my memories and conversations with him. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
April 15, 2019
I was a classmate of Dave's at La Salle High, class of 1956. Dave and I were close friends, mostly in our last two years. I will always remember his good sense of humor, his smile and laughter and simply being a friend. As years rolled by, we lost contact but in our later years, that friendship was renewed via the internet. Dave and I were both professors, though in different fields but we shared the foibles and incongruity of academic life as well as a mutual love of conservative politics. Our last meet-up came when he was moving from Nevada to Florida, at a restaurant in Willow Grove, PA. True to form, Dave showed up in "cowboy dress"--- boots, hat, etc. Full John Wayne. "howdy podner" was his greeting. I laughed and laughed. Dave invited me to visit him at his home in FL, but time just seemed to escape, though we continued to chat on line until I realized that he had fallen ill and was unable to attend our class reunion.
Dave was a close, dear friend for over 60 years, and I cherish his memory. May the good Lord welcome him home, good and faithful servant. May perpetual light shine upon him and may he rest in peace.
April 15, 2019
My memories of Dave were at LaSalle College High School in Philadelphia from 1952 to 1956.
I loved his sense of humor which was ongoing. I pretty much lost contact with Dave after high school graduation in May 1956. I was blessed to share emails with him in the last couple of years, when we were setting up the 60th Reunion of the Class of 1956. I do recall he sent me an email saying that he would be unable to make the reunion in 2016 due to a health issue.
My heart and deep sympathy to his wife Kathleen and family in their time of loss.
Class of 1956, LaSalle College High School
April 14, 2019
I got to know David at Valdosta State way back in 1989 when I was in my twenties. We shared the same academic department. It was my first full-time job. I was relatively new to the States, cultural issues sometimes created misunderstandings, and every time I ran into a problem, unless I managed to brush it under the carpet, I would go to him. He was my unofficial mentor. Not only did he venture an opinion each time, he did so with utmost certainty in his voice. The more David sounded so sure of his own advice, the more I felt compelled to follow it. A story from his Vietnam years was never far away and this always added weight to his arguments. It was like "Son, I was there and I speak from experience." I moved out of state after three years but the contact remained by email. We rarely corresponded but when we did it was usually him sending me a joke. I always read his jokes because he judiciously selected them. I hadn't heard from him for the last couple of years but as so often happens with long-distance relationships you fail to notice until an email comes in with the person's name. When I read the few words after the subject line... Kathleen, I am terribly sorry and my condolences go to all of you. David took great pride in his family. He was also a hero who served his country at great personal risk. Characters like him stand out more than ever and remind us of what true manhood is all about. May he rest in peace.