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    Membership Committee · 03/26/2023
    JOHN "JACK" CAMPBELL - In Memoriam
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      Membership Committee · 03/26/2023
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      Please feel free to share any thoughts, memories and photos of Jack from our PAPS gatherings.

      John 'Jack' Richard Campbell, M.D.
      1932 - Feb. 1, 2022

      John "Jack" Richard Campbell, M.D., age 90, Pediatric Surgeon, Professor Emeritus of Surgery and Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), passed away peacefully Feb. 1, 2022 at home surrounded by family.

      As the first Pediatric Surgeon at OHSU and the Doernbecher Children's Hospital (DCH), Jack served for more than 30 years as head of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at OHSU and Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the DCH, the nation's first children's hospital west of the Mississippi River.

      Jack was born in Pratt, Kan., in 1932, the son of John Ross Campbell, M.D. and Laura Harkrader Campbell. He embraced physical work and enjoyed the outdoors as much as he relished his intellectual pursuits. During high school summers, Jack worked in the wheat fields of Kansas and as a surveyor's assistant for the highway department. One of his fondest memories was the summer he built a Moth Class 11½ foot international racing class sailboat from plans he found in Popular Mechanics Magazine; the 65 square feet of sail was made by his mother on her Singer sewing machine. Jack used to jest that his only regret in life was selling that sailboat. He cherished the happy memories of his upbringing and took life-long pleasure in owning wheat land in Kansas.

      He received his B.A. from the University of Kansas and earned his M.D. from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1958. In 1962, Jack married his wife of 60 years, Susan Charlotte Baker of Mission Hills, Kan. After interning at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, he completed a general surgery residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., in 1963. Jack served over two years as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy and as Chief of Dependent Surgery at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Va. As the surgeon for a U.S. Marine Surgical Team that operated a MASH-type hospital, he participated in Operation Power Pack when the U.S. intervened and sent Army and Marine units to the Dominican Republic during their Civil War in April of 1965. Following his Navy service, in what would form the basis of his life's work, he completed his Pediatric Surgery Residency in 1967 at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the nation's first children's hospital, under the tutelage of C. Everett Koop, M.D., who himself would later serve as the 13th Surgeon General of the United States.

      In 1967, Jack and his young family moved to Portland, where he joined the then University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU) and the DCH as the first Surgeon-in-Chief. He was one of the founders and Presidents of University Medical Group, a member and Councilor of the OHSU chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical fraternity and former Chief of the Medical Staff. He served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at OHSU from 1984 to 1986. Although Jack retired in 1998 as Professor Emeritus, he maintained strong ties to OHSU and the DCH making teaching rounds with students, interns and residents. In 2019, Jack received the University of Kansas Medical Center Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award.

      Jack's professional life extended far beyond OHSU, and throughout his illustrious career, he brought surgical innovations to the Pacific NW. He served as President of the Portland Surgical Society and the Oregon Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and was an active participant in the North Pacific Surgical Society and the Pacific Coast Surgical Association. Jack was a founding member and President of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, a founding member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and served in various capacities. From 1991 to 1992, he served as Chairman of the Section on Surgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics. His special interest was in childhood cancer, and in addition to starting the Pediatric Tumor Board at OHSU, he was a member of the Children's Oncology Group, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

      He possessed strength of character, a keen mind, and a strong sense of community. Jack was kind, warm, fun-loving, and we will miss his wonderful wry smile. He adored Oregon, his English Springer Spaniel dogs, and his proud Scottish heritage. His leisure time was devoted to his family, travel, and his love of bird hunting, fly fishing and gardening. After retirement, Jack's gardening focused on camelias; he was a member of the Oregon Camelia Society and a certified Show Judge. He served on the Board of Directors of the Portland Japanese Garden. Jack was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, member and past President of the St. Andrew's Society, member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Phi Beta Pi Medical Fraternity, The City Club of Portland, and The Racquet Club.

      Jack is survived by his loving wife, Susan; his daughter, Kathryn Laura Campbell (New York, N.Y.); his sons, John Richard Campbell, Jr. (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and George Ridgway Campbell (Portland, Ore.); his granddaughter, Georgia Reid Campbell; his grandsons, Michael Kellen Campbell, Ryan Connelly Campbell and Brady Carlin Campbell; his sister, Catherine Campbell Dunmire (Fred); his brother-in-law, Byron Spencer, Jr. and their families; as well as the rest of his beloved extended family, including generations of nieces and nephews, cousins and many cherished friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister-in-law, Linda Baker Spencer.

      Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the John R. Campbell, M.D. Pediatric Surgery Lectureship Endowment Fund at OHSU via the following link: http://support.ohsufoundation.org/SOMV20QJRC.
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