Obituary for CAMPBELL

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday June 16, 2013

CAMPBELL, JOHN MARTIN "JACK" died June 1, 2013 at home in Albuquerque. Campbell was a professor emeritus, and former Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, as well as Director of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. He taught at UNM for 28 years, joining the faculty in 1964, when he was hired as Chair of the Department, a position in which he served for eight years. Campbell presided over the expansion of the Anthropology Department to more than 25 faculty and 100 graduate students, major improvements to graduate and undergraduate training, and the building and upgrading of new facilities for both the Department and the Museum. As a result, under Campbell's leadership Anthropology developed into the world-class program for which has become renowned. John Martin "Jack" Campbell was born May 5, 1927 in Sedro-Wooley, Washington. He grew up in the Yakima area of south central Washington State. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy (1945-46), the U.S. Army (1953), and the U.S. Air Force (1951-54), the latter from which he retired as a Captain. Campbell earned his BA in Anthropology at the University of Washington in 1950. He met his wife, Susan Lombard Horsley of Yakima, WA, in Selah, WA and they were married in 1949. Campbell enrolled in the UNM Anthropology Department's MA program for the academic year 1950-51. After one year in the MA program, he was recalled into Active Military Service to serve as a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force, having completed a two year program in the A.F. ROTC at the University of Washington. In 1955 he enrolled in the doctoral program at Yale, where he earned his PhD in Anthropology in 1962. Campbell was broadly trained in not only archaeology, but also cultural anthropology, biology and zoology. His expertise was in the native groups of the Arctic, especially Alaska where he conducted fieldwork for more than 30 years but he also published on the American Southwest and Northwest. Upon his retirement from UNM in 1992, Campbell developed his passion for large format black and white photography, exhibited this work internationally, and published a number of books that showcased landscapes and people from places such as Chaco Canyon, the Western US, Alaska, and the western Prairies of North America. He wrote a number of essays in these books reflecting his interest in the natural environment, and the animals, plants, and groups that populated these areas. In 2012, UNM conferred an honorary degree (LLS) to Campbell recognizing " the substantial [and varied] contributions that John (Jack) Campbell has made to the University, the State of New Mexico, the United States, and to Western North America over a distinguished academic and military career that has now spanned more than 60 years." Campbell is survived by his former wife, Sue; three children (Donald, Jane, and Jill); twelve grandchildren (of whom eleven survive); one great-grandchild; his sister, Lorna Alice Dempsey, her husband, Dr. R.H. Dempsey, of Yakima WA and their two sons (his nephews); and his good friend Marge Shea.