Brian M. Campbell, #1219, 1973 – 2016
With a heavy heart, The Spaatz Association is saddened to announce the loss of Director Brian M. Campbell, Spaatz #1219. Brian passed away on 1 October 2016 at his apartment in Atlanta, Georgia.
Brian joined the Civil Air Patrol cadet program in 1987, earning Spaatz #1219 in August 1994. He held numerous leadership positions as both a cadet and senior member including Cadet Commander, Encampment Commander, Squadron Commander, Director of Cadet Programs, and Vice Wing Commander before heading to Civil Air Patrol’s National Headquarters as the Cadet Program Developer/Registrar. During Brian’s tenure in Civil Air Patrol, he chartered two new squadrons, led his CAP Squadron to a Unit Citation and Squadron of Merit Award, and grew the Cadet Program in the Delaware Wing by more than 50%.
In 2012, Brian was elected as a Director of The Spaatz Association. He is credited with designing the Association’s Leadership Grant program and serving as its first fundraising Director, soliciting and awarding more than $250,000 in grants to support cadet programs nationwide.
He was raised in Claymont, Delaware, to William S. and the late Jill A. (White) Campbell. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1991 and attended both Wesley College and Capella University. He started his career as a manager in the Collections Department at J.P. Morgan Chase. In 2001, he was hired by Comcast Cable as a manager in its Outbound Operations department. Over the next fifteen years, he rose up the corporate ladder as Regional Manager of Customer Care Operations, Director of Credit and Collections, Senior Director of Supply Chain Management, Senior Director of Finance, and, starting in 2012, Division Vice President.
Brian is survived by his wife of 14 years, Kimberly (Gallagher) and his two children, Aidan and Ava.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Campbell Children Education Fund that will be set up later this week. Please check the funeral home online obituary (see below) for additional information.
A viewing will be on Thursday, 13 October, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, at McCrery & Harra Funeral Homes, 3710 Kirkwood, Wilmington, Delaware. A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 14, at 10:00am, at Immanuel Church, Highlands, 2400 W 17th Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 19806. Entombment will follow at All Saints Cemetery.
For online condolences, or to write on Brian’s vigil wall, visit www.mccreryandharra.com, or please add your remembrance of Brian in the comments below.