James S. ‘Jim’ Campbell

Aug. 24, 1922 – Feb. 6, 2018

James S. “Jim” Campbell, 95, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Altoona, died peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at his residence.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Joseph and Marie (Hoyer) Campbell, and the third eldest of seven brothers: Bernard, Bob, Paul, Rege, Dave and Phil. He met his future wife of 66 years, the former Geraldine Young, at Carnegie Tech, and together they raised their children in Sewickley, Pa.

Surviving are his wife, Gerry; a “herd” of eight children: Barbara (Bill) Brooks, Bruce (Simone), Barry, “the favorite” Marcy (Bob Kerr), Laurie, Steve, Sally (Geoff) Glazer and Paul (Yvonne); who in turn raised a “rafter” of 11 grandchildren: Jim, Paul, Steve, Chris, Michael (Lauren), Kara, Hanna, and Margo, Isaiah, Mila and Lola.

After graduating high school, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he went on to successfully pilot 28 B-24 missions over Europe and North Africa during WWII. After the war, Jim used his GI bill to attend Carnegie Tech, where he completed a degree in architecture.

For Jim, architecture was a calling that melded his creativity and curiosity. It was manifest in his passion projects, which were the homes he built for himself and his family; passive solar, experimental cooling and heating systems, built of wood and glass, with terrible driveways, but always thoughtfully placed in nature, a sanctuary for him throughout his life.

His family will fondly remember the joy he received from singing; reminiscing of his times in glee club in high school, college, and for many years as a tenor with the Sons of Orpheus of Tucson; sharing stories and good yarns during happy hour on the patio while watching the sun set over the Catalina Moun­tains; and of him working in his various greenhouses over the years. Mostly, his family will remember and appreciate Jim’s quiet creativity and passion for the power of place. Truly, he had an artist’s soul.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sons of Orpheus, The Male Choir of Tucson, P.O. Box 31552, Tucson, AZ 85751-1552 or Community Food Bank of Southern AZ, 3003 South Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85713.