John R. Campbell

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John R. Campbell

June 14, 1933 - November 17, 2018

John R. Campbell John Roy Campbell passed away at age 85 on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Visitation will be Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO, with memorial service and military honors following (2:00 p.m.)
The son of Carl and Helen Campbell, John was born June 14, 1933. John, as a Christian, followed Christs example of valuing the importance of each individual person throughout his life. He married Eunice Vieten on August 7, 1954.
John received his B.S. from MU College of Agriculture in 1955, M.S. in 1956, and PhD in 1960. He served in the Army 1956-58 followed by 22 years in the National Guard.
In 1960, he joined the MU Dairy Science faculty, receiving numerous awards during his 17 years teaching at MU and co-authoring textbooks.
In 1977, the University of Illinois recruited John as College of Agriculture Associate Dean and Director of Resident Instruction, where he established the successful Jonathan Baldwin Turner Agricultural Merit Scholarship Program and, in 1983, was appointed as Dean. He became President of Oklahoma State University in 1988. He continued his student focus, championed international involvement and inter-university partnerships and expanded distance learning. John returned to teaching in 1993 and retired in 1999, returning to Columbia, MO to continue writing and serving as an educational consultant.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Helen Campbell, and son, Keith. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Eunice Campbell; children, Kathy Wall (Bill), Karen Campbell-Motsinger (Larry); and grandchildren (Sarah Motsinger-Hoff, Jason Motsinger, Miranda Wall-VanBlarcum and Elliott Wall); sister Esther May Gorlinsky (Kenneth), two nieces and other relatives and many friends. Johns family is grateful for the dedicated caregivers that assisted Eunice with his care.
In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations to funds established in Johns honorfor information and to leave tributes visit https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/columbia-mo/john-campbell-8062947 .
Published on November 26, 2018
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