Obituary: George Melvin Campbell May 14, 1929 – May 7, 2016

GEORGE MELVIN CAMPBELL May 14, 1929  May 7, 2016

George Melvin Campbell died on May 7, 2016 in Beaverton, Oregon just one week before his 87th birthday.

He was born in Franklin Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania on May 14, 1929 to Viletta (Stamm) and Richard J Campbell.

George is survived by his wife, Gayle; his two children and their spouses, Shaun Morris Campbell (Edie I. Davis) and Kathryn Ann Campbell Chevalier (Michael); grandchildren Quinn Thomas Campbell and Devin Matthew Chevalier; sisters Vera Edinboro, Jean Fry; brothers Clyde and Bill.

He is predeceased by his parents, Viletta V. Stamm and Richard J. Campbell; sister Joann Bell; and brothers Jim, Bruce, and Reed.

After graduating from Concord High School in 1947, George enlisted in the Army where he served as a Corporal in Germany. George enrolled at Hiram College in Ohio graduating with a Bachelors in Science in 1954. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Physics and PhD in Chemistry at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

George worked as a radiological physicist at The Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Minnesota  He was a research scientist at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory from 1963 until 1994.  George felt privileged to do such interesting research for the “Lab”.

George was happy to live in the community of Los Alamos where it was easy to become acquainted. He was a member of the Los Alamos Unitarian Church. George loved the out of doors as reflected in his pursuits of hiking, skiing, ice skating and camping with his family.

After retirement, he continued his daily walking routine and was interested in computer activities. In 2004, George and Gayle moved to Oregon in order to be near their daughter, Kathryn and family. A memorial service was held Sunday, May 22 at the Jenkins Estate in Beaverton, Oregon.