EDWARD HERBERT CAMPBELL, III

Posted On December 6th, 2012 -

EDWARD HERBERT CAMPBELL, III
Born July 5, 1925, died peacefully at his home on November 26, 2012 at age 87, after waging a valiant battle with cancer. Ed was born in Honolulu, the son of Edward Herbert, Jr. and Angeline Leotta Campbell. A member of Punahou School’s Class of 1943, Ed was sent with many of his classmates to the mainland to finish his secondary education, following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Upon graduating from Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, Ed began coursework at Stanford University, ultimately earning his Bachelors in Science degree from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, a loyal member of Phi Gamma Delta. His transfer from the West Coast to Northeast coincided with a pursuit of international relations, and Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy keenly attracted Ed’s interests. Prevailing circumstances back in Honolulu made graduate work in diplomacy less realistic, as his family business called Ed back to his island home. Post-World War II Hawaii needed more automotive services, and Ed’s father called him home to help him run and expand the E. H. Campbell Tire Company that had been founded in 1936. Upon returning home, Ed helped grow the family business from one original outlet to four eventual locations, and he also began an impressive record within Honolulu’s business and charitable communities. Ed served as a National Director of the Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, along with local Director positions with the Hawaii Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, and the Hawaii Association of Creditmen. Serving in social and community organizations, Ed was a Director-Secretary for AAA-Hawaii as well as serving on the Board of Managers of Central YMCA. He was proud to have been a 50-year member of the Rotary Club of Honolulu. One of Ed’s most (in)famous elections was as President of Oahu Country Club in 1963. As he liked to recall, “I think a lot of those [members] thought they were voting for my father, and not me as his son.” At the age of 38, Ed Campbell to this day remains the youngest elected President of Oahu Country Club in its 100+ year history. The “rest of the story,” as the late Paul Harvey might say, includes how Ed Campbell’s vision and leadership as President of OCC created the current Par 71 course layout, and in particular, the signature 13th hole that each member and guest “enjoys” today. Ed’s leadership and focus was able to assuage concerns of fellow members about the cost and duration of the proposed improvements, and as a result, the golf course blossomed into a true 18-hole plan after that membership vote. Ed wasn’t only a helpful business leader and mentor to others in his field, but he was a great family man. Preceded in death by his wife Barbra Crozier Campbell, Ed and Barbra raised three children: Elizabeth, Edward Herbert, IV and Patricia. Following the sale of the tire company in 1975, Ed volunteered throughout the local golf landscape, working as a Vice-Chair of the World Cup of Golf and also serving as a two-time Tournament Chairman of the Hawaiian Open in 1983 and 1984. Prior to Barbra’s passing, she apparently alerted Ed to another woman at Oahu Country Club with whom she felt he would “hit it off.” After some time and some near misses, Ed asked the future Shelly Campbell out on a date. Less than three months later, they married, and eventually celebrated over 25 years together. Ed was an impeccable gentleman who carried high intellect that coincided with his inescapable charm. We remember him as he would undoubtedly prefer, as the “benevolent dictator” who was actually quite susceptible to suggestionsEd epitomized the motto of his own Clan Campbell: “Ne Obliviscaris” (Forget Not) as he lived his long life helping family, friends and peers in his industry. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Shelly Campbell; sister-in-law Elizabeth “Betty” Crozier Nicholson, daughters Elizabeth “Liz” Mihlbauer of Kaneohe (John), Patricia “Patty” Neis of Eugene, Oregon (Bob), son Edward Herbert “Camp” Campbell IV of Seattle, Washington (Kathy); stepdaughter Mary Beth Maassen of Phoenix, Arizona, stepson John Harris of Honolulu (Michelle), five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to Hospice Hawaii and OCC Junior Golf.


- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran