William M. Campbell (1927 - 2013)

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Campbell, William McClester 86, passed away February 27, 2013, at his home in Dallas,Texas. "Bill" was born January 11, 1927, to Charles Guy and Cora Quivey Campbell in Sewickley, Pennsylvania and was the fourth oldest of five children. Bill attended Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio for a year before enlisting in the US Navy, returning to Muskingum after his service. Bill was a physics major and espoused throughout his lifetime that physics explained "just about everything." But, as Bill proclaimed, "Undoubtedly the most important and significant event that happened in my college years was the finding of JoAnne Russell," his beloved wife of 63 years. Bill and JoAnne both graduated from Muskingum, and Bill continued his education, earning a masters in physics from Ohio State University. In 1951, Bill and JoAnne moved to Dallas, where Bill joined Atlantic Refining Company, later ARCO, from which he retired in 1985. Bill's professional highlight was his work with two ARCO colleagues on bidding theory, resulting in a 1971 published paper in which they coined the familiar economic term "Winner's Curse." Bill treasured the blessings of faith, family, and friends. He and JoAnne raised their family in Irving and were active members of First Presbyterian Church, Irving, and in later years First Presbyterian Church, Plano. Bill was an avid man of science and found no contradiction in the laws of the universe and a profound faith in God. Bill's abiding devotion was to JoAnne and to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Bill modeled what God hopes for families, and he will be missed by his wife JoAnne; children Cathy and Dan Murphree, Bryan and Holly Campbell, Carol and Page Strong, and Nancy and Ken Jones; grandchildren Carrie and Blake Robbins, Garrett Murphree, Patty Murphree, Blair Strong, Cameron Strong, Rachel Jones, Madison Jones, and Cole Campbell Jones; and great-grandsons Campbell, Harrison, and Andrew Robbins. Other survivors include brother Reed Campbell of Manheim, Pennsylvania, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Bill's life and legacy at First Presbyterian Church Plano, 1500 Jupiter Road, Plano, Texas, 75074, on Friday, March 1, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. In Iieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue/Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida 33136, or First Presbyterian Church, Plano.

Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 1, 2013
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