Alvin C. Campbell Sr. (1923 - 2018)

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Alvin C. Campbell Sr., age 94, passed away on Jan. 6, 2018, in Portland, Ore.
Born in Maurice, La., to the late Beatrice Dalcourt and Joseph Campbell, Alvin moved with his mother and three siblings to College Station, Texas, after his father died. An avid athlete, Alvin Sr. played third baseman for the Grand Prize, a semi-pro African-American baseball team. It was in College Station that he met his wife of 74 years, Mary Lee Alcorn.
Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Portland, Ore., where they both worked at the Kaiser Shipyard, building ships in support of World War II. After the war, they made their way to Anchorage, Alaska, arriving in 1948 with the goal of staying one year; they remained in Alaska for over 60 years until deciding to split their time between Portland and Anchorage.
A pioneer in the African-American community, the Campbell home was burned down in 1950, when they attempted to build in the neighborhood now known as Rogers Park. As a result, the Anchorage chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was established. After working a variety of jobs, "Al" was hired by the Alaska Railroad where he worked construction as a spotter and crew chief eventually worked his way to expediter, a position he held until his retirement in 1977.
His wife, Mary Lee, preceded him in death.
Alvin Sr. is survived by his children, Alvin Campbell Jr., Bonnie Campbell (Mike) Jones and Brenda Campbell (Terry) Johnson; grandchildren, Carol (Don) McAllen, Monica Campbell (Paul) Yoshihara, Mchawi Herrington, Hasaan (Mekesha) Herrington, Ayeesha (Greg) Hankins, Kiersten Johnson (Jeromy) Loyd and Maiya Johnson; and numerous great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at the family home this summer.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2018