Campbell Pfeiffer

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Pfeiffer, Campbell Reed



Campbell Reed Pfeiffer left the physical world April 6, 2017, just short of his eighty-first birthday, as his daughter held his hand. Cam was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, in-law, and friend.

Cam was born April 20, 1936 in Hastings, Nebraska, oldest son of William Roger Pfeiffer and Jeanne Elizabeth Eggert. He joined older sister Jean and later came brothers Stephen and Mark. After their mother died when Cam was 22 years old, their father married Ruth Imperial and they were joined by Cam's brothers Gerardo, Paul, and John.

Cam grew up mostly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and attended high school in the Philippines where his father was a professor of ethnomusicology.

He met Anita Bradley when they were students at Hastings College. They married August 28, 1959 at the Kayenta Presbyterian Church.

Cam personified the role of a Navajo "in-law," offering advice, support, camp fire stories, and love to Anita's twelve brothers and sisters and their children and grandchildren.

He devoted his professional life to developing strong community controlled education institutions serving Native students. He taught at Flowing Wells High School (Tucson), worked at the Education Development Center (Newton, MA), and served in the Arizona National Guard. He was Director of Community Services at Rough Rock Demonstration School, Executive Director of To'hajiilee Community School, and an administrator at Navajo Academy (Farmington).

Cam loved and supported his family, especially his wife, Dr. Anita Bradley Pfeiffer. He supported her at every step in her career as a pioneering bilingual educator. His love and hard work allowed them to create a home for their daughters, Dr. Tamarah Pfeiffer, Michele Pfeiffer, and Taasha Pfeiffer. He nurtured grandson Chad from birth and passed along his love of stories to grandson Reed and great grandchildren Elliott and Abagail. He rarely missed concerts, recitals, poetry slams, and athletic events.

Cam's selflessness and contribution to others never ended. He will be deeply missed and always remembered.

In addition to his wife, daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Cam is survived by his brothers Mark (and spouse Kate and daughter Debra), Stephen, Jard (and spouse Ris and children Kaui, Claire Anne, Clarissa Mae, and Ella-Ruth) Paul, and John Pfeiffer; Nieces Erica Bodo (and spouse Javier Alarcón and children Molly and Frank) and Jessica Wise (and son Kavena Wise) and nephew Chris Lev (and spouse Dana); his favorite cousin, Phil Pfeiffer (and spouse Barbara and children Janet and Chris); his de facto grandson Jason Clay Bobroff; and Anita's siblings Alfred (deceased) Alberta, Angela, Amelia, Amajean, Andrew, Alvin (deceased), Anderson (deceased), Aileen, Albert Jr. (deceased), Aaron, and Arthur and their spouses, children, grandchildren, and great-children.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 15, at 2:00pm at Mesa View United Methodist Church, 4701 Montano NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Native American Community Academy Foundation "In Memory of Cam Pfeiffer" 1000 Indian School Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 14, 2017
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