Col. William H. Campbell (1930 - 2013)
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Col. William H. Campbell (Retired), 82, of Gulf Breeze, passed away pain free into the loving arms of God on Friday, August 23.
William (Bill) was born to the late Marjorie and Harold Campbell on the 10th of September, 1930, in Omaha, Nebraska. He enlisted in the Army Reserves at the age of 16, and later was recruited by the Navy to play football at the Naval Academy. He was appointed to the Academy in 1948, and graduated in 1952 with a BSEE and later from UCLA in 1970 with a Masters of Engineering Management. Bill served in the USAF Reserves, completed Squadron Officers course, Command and Staff School, the Air War College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He retired from the USAF after more than 30 years of service as a Colonel. As an Airline Transport Pilot (ASMEL) he had over 20,500 hours and as a Flight Instructor (AIME) over 12,500 hours given.
Bill taught the Apollo 1 Astronaut crews to fly Apollo based on his design work done on the flight controls for the spacecraft. He spent more than 800 hours in the capsule simulator, training the crews and gathering engineering data.
In addition, Bill was President of the LA Chapter of USNA Alumni for 4 years. He was a National Trustee for the Naval Academy Alumni Association and a member of the finance and by-laws committees for 3 years.
He was a retired Reserve Deputy Sherriff, Orange County Aeronautical Unit, where he served for more than thirteen years.
Bill served as a County Commissioner in Santa Rosa County, Florida for 4 years. In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his wife and two boys and was an active member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Gulf Breeze, Florida. As a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #07272; he achieved 4th Degree status in January of 2000.
He was a great man, husband, and father whose spirit will live in all those who he touched.
Surviving are his wife of 22 years, Jane; son William, class of 2015, USNA; and son Stuart, class of 2017, FSU.
Memorial services were held on August 27, 2013 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Gulf Breeze, Florida.
Military interment will be arranged at Barrancas National Cemetery.
Published in Santa Rosa Press Gazette from Sept. 10 to Sept. 17, 2013