Memorials -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Volume: JETS 43:1 (Mar 2000)
Article: Memorials
Author: Anonymous


Robert John Campbell

Robert John Campbell was born on November 17, 1924 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the first of five children to grace the family of Dwight and Evelyn (Pseisser) Campbell. Reared in a Christian home, Robert was saved at the age of eight at a Sunday School rally and was active in the youth activities of the Temple Baptist Church. After the family moved to Decatur, Illinois, Robert graduated from high school, then entered Wheaton College. During his first semester at Wheaton, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Robert enlisted and became a P47 fighter pilot with the 9th Air Force in Central Europe.

He re-entered Wheaton in the fall of 1945. Two years later, on August 22, 1947, he married Mary Jena Herzog at the First Baptist Church of Passaic, New Jersey. They met during his first class at Wheaton in 1941. After receiving the B.A. from Wheaton in 1948, the Campbells moved to Pasadena where Robert attended Fuller Theological Seminary. He was in the second graduating class in 1951 (B.D.), and then received his Th.M. degree in 1952.

During their time in Pasadena, Robert and Mary worked with the nearby Eagle Rock Baptist Church where Don was later ordained, and the Campbells were commissioned for missionary service. The Campbells were the first missionaries appointed with Greater European Mission and, after deputation, arrived to teach at the European Bible Institute on the outskirts of Paris, France in August, 1953. Robert taught New Testament and doctrinal studies, and during the 1960s became dean of the faculty. He furthered his education with a D.Theol. from Strasbourg Theological Seminary in Strasbourg, France (1970), and later a D.Miss. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois (1988).

In 1981, Robert was assigned to the GEM home office in Wheaton and worked in the personnel department and as director of training for the next fourteen years. When GEM’s offices were moved to Colorado Springs in 1995, the Campbells remained in Wheaton. Robert traveled around the world several times, taking Mary with him, even though she was developing Alzheimer’s. Robert was known to say that he was not retired, but retreaded. He became chaplain in the Tabor Hills Retirement Village in Naperville, Illinois in 1997. Just after Thanksgiving, Robert went to the hospital for bronchitis, and died one week later on December 4, 1999 due to a weak heart, a condition unknown until that time. Robert lived for seventy-five years and seventeen days. Mary joined Robert around the throne in heaven five weeks later on January 12, 2000.

Robert was a member of the Evangelical Theological Society for more than thirty years. He is survived by his brother Donald K. Campbell of Dallas, TX (President Emeritus of Dallas Theological Seminary) w...

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