Thomas P. Campbell III
72, lost his months-long and courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by family at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis. Tom was a professor of English at Wabash College for 35 years, before retiring in 2012. He was a warm and generous mentor, an energetic and thoughtful administrator, an engaged and eclectic scholar (from Chaucer to Murakami), and above all, a gifted and dedicated teacher. He had numerous affiliations and honors, but especially enjoyed serving as the vice president and Webmaster of the Japan Studies Association in recent years. While his career at Wabash was notable, he also was a wonderful father and cherished husband--coaching soccer, serving as a U.S. Swimming official, and inspiring a love for language and literature.
Tom graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy (N.H.) and Stanford University before receiving his doctorate from Indiana University. Prior to Wabash College, Tom taught at the University of California-Davis. In 2004-05 he was a visiting professor at Waseda University, Tokyo, while serving as the resident director for GLCA/ACM Japan Study.
He was born May 2, 1942, in Denver, Colo., to Elizabeth Humphrey Campbell and Richard C. Campbell III. He was raised by Dr. Joseph Lyday and his mother, who remarried. His parents and sister Nancy "Alex" Campbell preceded him in death.
Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 30 years, Rose (Carmel); daughter, R. Elizabeth Noel (Indianapolis); sons, Joseph (Beijing, China) and Scott (Chicago); granddaughter, Samantha Noel; nephew, Bryan (Ashleigh) Roesler, niece, Maren (Thomas) Morefield; sister- and brother-in-law, Sara and David Roesler; and treasured cousins and friends.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Christopher Leagre and Dr. Stephen Schultz, and all the caregivers at St. Vincent Hospital and Hospice.
A public memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at St. John's Episcopal Church, Crawfordsville. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Wabash College or a flannerbuchanan.com. Arrangements: Flanner and Buchanan- Carmel.
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