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Dr. Hernan CAMPANA

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CAMPANA, Dr. Hernan Hernan Abelardo Campana, MD, age 88, of Atlanta, passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Dr. Campana was born Feb. 9, 1925 in Banes, Holguin, Cuba, the eldest of the five children of Abelardo Joaquin and Amparo Cabrera Diaz. He received a Bachelor of Science from Santiago Institute, Cuba in 1942, and he was a 1950 graduate of the Medical School of the University of Havana. He completed his internship at Samaritan Hospital, Troy, NY, where he met his wife, Bernadette Joan Hanley Campana, with whom he shared his life for 60 years until her death in 2011. He did a surgical residency at Hackensack (NJ) General Hospital, and a clinical and anatomical pathology residency at Bender Laboratory, Albany, NY. Dr. Campana had a life-long love of medical science, and had a 43 year career as a board certified pathologist which included clinical practice at Binghamton (NY) General Hospital; Cumberland (MD) Memorial Hospital; and the Veterans Administration Hospitals in Albany, NY, and Dayton, OH. He also held Assistant and Associate Clinical Professorships of Pathology at the Ohio State University, Albany Medical College, and Wright State University; and did research and publication. He was an Emeritus Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, Emeritus Fellow of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and a member of the American Medical Association. Dr. Campana proudly served 22 years in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps, where he retired with the rank of colonel. He saw active duty in Vietnam in 1967-1968 as a member of the US Army Wound Data and Munitions Effectiveness Team, conducting research on wound ballistics. The research resulted in two DOD publications on head injury due to trauma, and confirmed the need for an improved combat helmet, which was introduced after the Vietnam War. In Vietnam he traveled to Qui Nhon, An Khe, Da Nang, Cu Chi, Pleiku, Cholon, Tay Ninh, Dau Tieng, Long Binh, Cholon, and Saigon. Dr. Campana's decorations include: Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device 1960, 2 Overseas Bars, National Defense Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. He was a member of the Association of the US Army, the Association of Military Surgeons of the USA, and the Reserve Officers Association. After retirement as Assistant Chief of Laboratory Services from the Veterans Administration in Dayton, Dr. Campana moved with his wife to Atlanta. He then worked for the CompHealth, Inc. locum tenens service in six states, until he truly retired in 1994 to spend time gardening, oil painting, experimenting with antique radios and electronic circuitry, and enjoying his beloved grandchildren. He will be remembered as a hardworking and honest man who was devoted to his family and proud to serve his country. He is survived by his daughters: Joanna C. Kennedy (Robert), Susan Campana, and Kathleen C. Peters (Richard), all of Atlanta; and grandchildren, Pamela Kennedy, Sean Kennedy, and Benjamin Peters. Burial with full military honors will be at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Condolences may be left at www.billheadfuneralhome.com. Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory. Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 24, 2013
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