John Olin Campbell III
1945 - 2014
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John Olin

Campbell III


John Olin Campbell III, 68, of Cary, NC passed away Sunday of causes related to Alzheimer's.

Olin was born to John Olin and Mildred Patterson Campbell in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended Yale University (BA, Psychology '67), Union Theological Seminary (MDiv, '72) and Stanford University (PhD, Educational Psychology, '78). He married the love of his life, Janet Phillips, in 1969 in Southern Pines, NC.

Olin's life work revolved around education. He was a pioneer in the field of computer and distance learning, working and teaching for thirty years with Courseware, WICAT, Vanderbilt University and Brigham Young University. He consulted through his own company CAI/ Performance Mentor. He loved serving in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a bishop three times. Olin was a wonderful husband and father and a friend to all who met him. He was universally known for his perpetual smile, genuine interest in people, and penchant for photography.

Olin is mourned by his wife of 45 years, Janet Phillips Campbell; sister Johanna (Rudy) Weichert; children, Anna (Brent) Johnson; Julia (Sam) Bernards; James (Lauren) Campbell; Margaret (David) Hedengren; and Sarah (David) Myers; and 14 grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 29th at the LDS Chapel at 6011 McCrimmon Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. Visitation will begin at 10 am, and the service will commence at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John Olin Campbell III scholarship fund at Brigham Young University.

Published in The News & Observer on Mar. 27, 2014.
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October 29, 2014
Dear Janet and Family,
I am saddened to learn of John's death and wish that I had known that you two lived in Cary. I could have visited you since my daughter lives near there. I have so many happy memories of you and John at Union Seminary and at Southern Pines (I was in your wedding.) I too was charmed by John's personality and intellect. I am so glad that he had such a happy life and he certainly brought joy, enthusiasm and happiness to others, your family, and to persons who knew him at important times in life. I loved him and you.
Yours in Christ, Rev. Charles D. Myers
6 N. Marjorie Ln, Hendersonville, NC 28792
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Charles Myers
April 10, 2014

You know how much we cherished Olin's friendship -- and yours. May it be so through eternity.
Ken Allen
April 9, 2014
Hello Janet, I am an Edison grad, Class of 1963. All of us felt sort of a "security" with John Campbell as our class president. He was a smart, wonderful student and popular all at the same time. I just found out that your home was, is still? in Cary, NC. I have lived in Davidson, NC (I'm sure you know where it is - just north of Charlotte) - since 1968! My daughter, Lauren, presently lives in Nashville and teaches piano at Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt. Se we have some places in common!

I was so sad to hear about John's (Olin's) Alzheimer's. It is a dreadful disease for anybody, but for a person with John's intellect and zest for life, it's tragic beyond measure. However, I felt a kind of "divine compensation" after reading about your husband's full, rich life: his marriage, children, career, church involvement and love of outdoors. There are only a few people who have lived on earth who have been so blessed and who have touched so many others with their character and spirit.

I just wanted you to know that one of Olin's classmates from Tulsa, OKlahoma is mourning along with you and your family right here in North Carolina.

Thank you for sharing his life story with us at this time.

Shirley Wilson Gilpin
Shirley Gilpin
March 27, 2014
What an amazing man. I loved the visits we got to have when we both visited with Mae. The photo is so true to what I knew of him, that great smile. I wish I had known all those things about him. So glad you were able to be with your family through this time. Love you. Amy Raun
March 27, 2014
Janet - I was so shocked and sad to see this. I did not know you and Olin well but he was so outgoing, friendly and genuine. I hope you will find comfort in the gospel and from good memories.
Beverly Allred Royer
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