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Francis James Campbell, 88, died peacefully at his home in Springfield, VA surrounded by family on Sunday, March 10, 2013. He was born on July 29, 1924, in Toledo, OH to Herbert James and Florence Kessler Campbell, graduated from the University of Toledo, and served in the Army Air Corps in WWII.
He leaves behind his beloved wife, Elizabeth Savage Campbell, and seven children, Nancy Long, Mary Lou Gramann (Bob), Joan Gilliland (Steven), Kathryn Zielinski (Joseph), Janice King (Joe), James Campbell (Ruth), and Daniel Campbell (Leslie). He is also survived by 12 cherished grandchildren, Kim Hartzler, Alison Gramann (Andrew Willis), Mark Gramann (Katie), Amos Long, Christa Graeve (Dan), Tracey Gilliland, Scott Gilliland, Leah King, Laura King, Ryan Campbell, Maggie Campbell and Emma Campbell; 7 dear great-grandchildren, Bejamin Hartzler, Elizabeth Hartzler, Michael Hartzler, Naomi Willis, Miriam Willis, Sasha Gramann, and Matthew Willis. Also surviving are brothers, Paul Campbell (Jeanne) and Leo Campbell; sisters, Mary Behrendt and Dorothy Campbell (Kenny Fuss); brother-in-law, Dwight Jones, and a large extended family of Campbells and Savages. He was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Helen Jones; sister-in-law, June Campbell, and brother-in-law, James Behrendt.
Frank was a kind, patient and generous man who spent his life in service to others. A resident of Alexandria, VA for over 45 years, Frank was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community. He served as lector, cantor, parish council member, and volunteered his time and considerable talents on countless church and school projects and events. He and his wife Libbey received the church's The Rev. Martin T. Quinn Award for Stewardship in 1998.
Frank was a research chemist at the Naval Research Laboratory and an expert on electrical insulation safety. His research saved many lives on US and Allied military and civilian aircraft. He held many patents and earned the Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1992. He volunteered in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and many community groups. For many years, he recruited and trained Science Fair judges for both public and parochial schools in Alexandria. He assisted his wife and the late Beverly Price in founding Independent Living for the Handicapped in Washington, DC.
Frank had a quiet natural grace, warmth, and gentleness in the way he dealt with others. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. The family wishes to thank Dr Joel Temme, Frank's caregivers, and the supportive friends and staff at Greenspring.
The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated for Frank 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria, followed by a 5:00 p.m. reception with the family at Greenspring. Memorial contributions may be made to a
Published in Toledo Blade on Mar. 14, 2013