Verl A. DeCamp

Verl DeCamp Verl A. DeCamp, former administrator at both Temple University and Montgomery Community College, died peacefully on May 12, 2012 at the Jefferson Medical Center, Philadelphia, with his daughter, Debra Heavens, at his side. The cause of death was a stroke. He was 92 years old. At the time of his death Mr. De Camp was a resident of Meadowood Retirement Community in Lansdale (PA). Verl DeCamp was born in Canton, Ohio, on March 22, 1920, the son of Anna Mae (Snyder) and Roy DeCamp. Following graduation from Canton's McKinley High School, he continued his studies at Ohio's Miami University. During World War he joined the Navy's Naval Construction Battalion, commonly known as the "Seabees," and served on many islands in the Pacific Theater. Once released from military service, DeCamp returned to Miami University then he continued his studies at Michigan State University (M.A. in Education and History, 1949). Following completion of his graduate work DeCamp was hired to serve as assistant to the dean of the University of Kansas City. From 1952 to 1963 he worked in sales for Republic Steel Corporation. In 1963 he was hired by Temple University to be Assistant Director of Placement, and later that year he was appointed Director of Financial Aid. When Montgomery Community College's new campus was being created in the late 1960s, DeCamp served as the College's first admissions director. In establishing the office of Admissions, Financial Aid and Placement, he helped to create the character and personality of the College. DeCamp's commitment to education was also anchored at the local level. He served on the Whitemarsh Township School Board from 1956 to 1963, as well as treasurer of the Plymouth Whitemarsh Joint School District. One of Mr. DeCamp's greatest pleasures was traveling. Accompanied by his wife, Margaret, he sojourned to many places on the globe. On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the DeCamps and their two daughters celebrated by taking a trip together through Spain. DeCamp was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Donnis Joan. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret (Leitner), a retired nursery school teacher. Besides his daughter Debra Ann, a hospice R.N. in Santa Cruz, California, he is also survived by his granddaughter, Leonna Heavens, mother of his two great-grandsons, Azriel and Emmet Bates, his son-in-law Marc Selvaggio (Berkeley), and his "adopted son," Ali Azad (formerly from Afghanistan, now from Minnesota). Contributions may be made, in memory of Verl DeCamp, to the Salvation Army.

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on July 6, 2012