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F. Lee CAMPBELL

F. Lee CAMPBELL

Lee Campbell was born in Tacoma, Washington on August 24, 1923, to Fremont and Dora Campbell. On December 17, 2012, he died of diabetic complications. He graduated from Yakima High School in 1940 and later attended the University of Washington where he was a member of the Oval Club, Big W Club, Vice President of the Junior Class in 1943 and three times elected president of his fraternity, Chi Psi. He served as an infantry officer in World War II and was awarded both the Combat Infantry badge and the Bronze Star medal. His combat service was with the 102nd Infantry Division in Belgium and Germany.

Following the war he attended the University of Washington School of Law and was admitted to practice in 1950. It was in that year that he married the love of his life, Helen Veatch. He became a member of the Karr Tuttle Campbell law firm and served as its managing partner and president for twelve years, leaving that position to become President of the Washington State Bar Association. He also served on the Association Board of Governors and was President of the Seattle/King County Bar Association. In 1982 he was given the Award of Merit and Honor by the state Association, representing the highest honor awarded each year for service to the public and the Association. In 1981 he was appointed to the Washington State Judicial Conduct Commission and served as its first chairperson. He was a Fellow and Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of both the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. He also served as President of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers and was a co-founder and first chairman of the Trial Practice Section of the State Bar Association.

He was an avid follower of Husky athletics and much of his free time was spent pheasant hunting in eastern Washington. He also loved cruising with his wife Helen on the waters of Puget Sound and British Columbia aboard one of the four boats they had through the years. He was a founding member of the Iron Springs Gun Club, a small organization comprised of his closest hunting friends. He was also a member of the Seattle Yacht Club and the Overlake Golf and Country Club.

Mr. Campbell is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen Campbell, three children, Susan Campbell of Healdsburg, California, Scott and David Campbell, of Bellevue and Kirkland, and two grandsons, Christopher and Stephen Campbell. He is also survived by daughters-in-law Beth and Margaret Campbell and son-in-law John McKinney. There will not be a memorial service at Mr. Campbell's request, however donations may be made in his name to the .

Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 22 to Dec. 23, 2012
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