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Alexander Campbell

1923-2013 PITTSFIELD Alexander Campbell, 89, of South Mountain Rd., passed away Friday, January 18 at Berkshire Medical Center following a brief illness.

Born March 12, 1923 in Johnstone, Scotland the son of Hector and Jeannie Wood Campbell, he was a graduate of Kearny High School in Kearny, N.J., and a graduate of the University of Maryland, Go Terps!!

Alexander served in the US NAVY, enlisting November 25, 1941 until his discharge November 22, 1947, during his service he was a Aerographer's Mate First Class, which was the Navy term for meteorologist; during his service he served on the following vessels, USS North Carolina, USS Augusta, USS New York, USS Texas, USS South Dakota, USS Iowa, USS New Jersey, and served on the flag officer staffs for Admirals, Sharp, Kelly, Hustvedt, and Oscar Badger. Alexander served in ten major combat actions during his naval career. When he was twenty he received a one day liberty pass to return to New Jersey; he was recalled by the NAVY and flown by seaplane out to the USS Iowa; upon reporting to the Captain he was informed that he was being temporary assigned to President Roosevelt support staff, and gave him weather reports during their transit of the Atlantic.

Alexander was employed by the National Weather Service as a meteorologist, plotting weather patterns and contract procurement. He also worked on the Tiros Weather Satellites and the Distant Early Warning Line radar stations in the Arctic Circle. He was employed by the Federal Department of Transportation, he worked in contract procurement, and was very active in seat belt advocacy, crash testing the safety of cars, and awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, and much of his work led to many of the safety initiatives that are in place today.

Alexander enjoyed golf, fishing, avid sports fan especially his Maryland Terps; he enjoyed travelling with his wife, was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the Freemasons.

He leaves his wife the former Ernestine J. Chapman of Pittsfield, whom he married November 1, 1952, this past November was their 60th wedding anniversary. A daughter Mary E. Sweeney from a previous marriage, and brother Mathew A. Campbell of Beach Haven, NJ, sister in law Dorothy Lay of Dalton, sister in law Pauline Giacoletto and her husband Jimmie of Pittsfield, a brother in law George Chapman and his wife Rebecca of Cape Coral, Fla., and a nephew Jeffrey Campbell and his wife Diane and their two children of Ramsey, N.J., and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother David Campbell.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service for Mr. Alexander Campbell will held Saturday, January 26 at 3PM at WELLINGTON FUNERAL HOME with Rev. Timothy Weisman pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, officiating. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pulmonary Department at Berkshire Medical Center in care of the funeral home, 220 East St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.

Please visit www.wellingtonfuneralhome.com to leave condolences for the family.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 23, 2013
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