Betty Lou Hillock Campbell

Betty Lou Hillock Campbell passed away in the early morning hours of November 23rd.  She is survived by her six children, Shannon Campbell, Colbi Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jessica Campbell, Hillary Campbell-Johnson, Valerie Campbell, and her ten grandchildren. 

She was born in Jacksonville, Florida, on March 23, 1926, and although the family moved often, she grew up in Maryland and California. During World War II she married Sullivan Graham Campbell, and they moved to Cazenovia, NY, where they both attended Syracuse University.  There she received her Bachelor’s Degree in music/voice and her Master’s Degree in Library Science.  She obtained her pilot’s license at a time when it was unusual for women to do so, and in her lifetime traveled all over the world.  She had a life-long love of music (she often pleased the crowds with her vocal rendition of “Summertime”), opera and theater but was also at ease in the company of many top scientists. 

Betty Lou accompanied her husband through his career as they explored the latest scientific innovations which would pave the way for future technologies that are so integral our life today; through IBM (one of the world’s first computers) and Xerox (the early copying machines).  In 1968 they moved to Ridgefield, Connecticut, to begin Graphic Sciences, the first company to make the fax machine. 

Betty Lou was known for her vivacious personality, sense of humor and intelligence.  No story about her would be complete without mention of her Christmas parties, which were legendary.  In her life she has entertained many celebrities including scientists, generals, politicians, famous artists, writers and musicians, and even an astronaut or two, but she stated that her greatest achievement and love was her family.  She will be greatly missed by her family and the world.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Monday, November 26, 2012 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 10 AM in the funeral home.  Any condolences may be sent to 164 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT, 06877. 

 

 

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