Robert M. Campbell, M.D.
Adapted from The Seattle Times, March 7–10, 2010
On March 2, 2010, Dr. Robert M. Campbell, age 88, died as a result of complications associated with Parkinson's disease. Bob will be remembered and missed by all who knew him over his long and full life. Born in Oakland, Calif., on June 6, 1921, Bob grew up in Seattle and on Bainbridge Island. He graduated from John Muir Elementary School, Franklin High School, the University of Washington — where he was affiliated with Phi Delta Theta Fraternity — and the University of Michigan, where he received a master’s degree in science and an M.D. Bob was an obstetrician and gynecologist who spent his career caring for patients in the Seattle-Bellevue area. He was the first board-certified physician to establish a full-time obstetrics practice in Bellevue, and he delivered more than 8,200 babies. Bob was devoted to his patients, and the pictures of the numerous children he delivered remained posted in his office throughout his years of practice.
In addition to his career as a practicing physician, Bob shared his knowledge and experience by volunteering as one of the earliest instructors of obstetrics and gynecology at the newly formed University of Washington School of Medicine, where he taught from 1949 to 1989 and retired as a clinical professor. He authored articles that were published in national obstetrical magazines and prepared a chapter on gynecologic surgery for a recognized medical textbook.
Bob served as the chief of staff at both Maynard Hospital in Seattle and Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue. He was president of the Washington State Obstetrical Association, president of the Seattle Gynecological Society, a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. At a young age, Bob was honored by his peers when he was selected to join the Pacific Coast Obstetrics and Gynecological Society.He enjoyed the outdoors throughout his life. He ran track in high school and college, climbed mountains, worked at the Mt. Rainier National Park, hunted, fished, skied and played tennis. He built his own flattie sailboat and later took great joy in serving as the skipper of the powerboat Triple M. Bob particularly loved the time he spent at his second home on Whidbey Island — crabbing, fishing and being with his family. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth Adele Hedgcock Campbell, daughter Susan Campbell Gravrock (Bill), two sons, Robert H. Campbell (Katie) and Bruce D. Campbell (Galen), six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
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