Mrs. Birgitta Johnson Campbell, 92, passed peacefully on February 23, 2014 at Grancare Nursing home in Fond du Lac. She had resided there for the previous year. She was attended by hospice for the past 2 months.
She was born in Iceland to John Johnson and Hekla Johnson, and immigrated to the USA at the age of 21 to join her father, who had come earlier. She became a naturalized citizen and married her husband William A Campbell in May of 1959 in Cleveland Heights, OH.
A little known fact is that she was a driving force in Wisconsin for introducing a far more benign medicine (Clozaril) for the treatment of Bi-Polar disorder and schizophrenia than was currently in use at the time. Clozaril had just been approved for use in the US, although it had been used successfully in Europe (including Iceland) some several years, which she discovered on a visit there to Sigmunder Gudbjornason, who later became president of the University of Iceland. She intensively and ultimately successfully lobbied to have trials introduced into Wisconsin.
A woman who always gave freely of her time and energy, she cared for elderly relatives for years and always with a smile and a kind word for everyone.
She is survived by her husband, William A Campbell of Fond du Lac; two daughters: Kristen A Campbell of Ferndale MI and Carol G Campbell of Fond du Lac; son, LTC William R (Naree) Campbell currently stationed at Schofield Barracks HI; grandson, Daniel N Richard and granddaughter, Holly A Richard of West Memphis, AR, and 4 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, both sisters and her brother.
There is currently no funeral or memorial service planned, one will be held at a future family gathering.
We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the professional and caring staff of the Grancare Nursing home, especially Jaimie, Annie, Linda, Hanah, and Sarah.
Zacherl Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family. www.zacherlfuneralhome.com
Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on Feb. 26, 2014
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