Augusta TV newsman Tom Campbell dies

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 1:27 PM
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Tom Campbell, an experienced television newsman whose smooth delivery and personable warmth made him one of Augusta’s most popular TV anchors, died Wednesday after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 68.

“The News 12 family is saddened by the loss of Tom Campbell,” said Estelle Parsley, the vice president of news and operations at WRDW-TV. “Tom had been all over the world, but chose to make Augusta his home. His time here was a gift to us and the community he loved so much.”

Campbell, who had been with News 12 since 1995, was diagnosed with cancer a little more than a year ago.

In a career that spanned 44 years, he worked as an anchor and reporter in several cities including Tallahassee, Fla.; Columbus, Ohio; Houston and Beaumont, Texas; and San Luis Obispo, Calif.

According to WRDW, one of his first big stories was the 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River, which killed 46 people.

In 1968, he covered his first of many presidential campaigns, interviewing Richard Nixon and Robert F. Kenn­edy, in one of the last interviews before the senator’s assassination.

In 1969, Campbell went to astronaut Neil Arm­strong’s hometown to report its reaction to his walk on the moon.

Campbell reported stories across the United States and from foreign countries, spending three weeks reporting from China and twice reporting from Haiti.

A native of Delaware, Ohio, Campbell attended Ohio Wesleyan University and Ohio State University.

“Though he may be gone, Tom has left with us his mark as a journalist, a mentor and a friend,” Parsley. said “All who knew Tom are the better for it. “

Despite his illness, Parsley said Campbell maintained a reporter’s sense of factual simplicity until the end.

He recently told colleague Richard Rogers that “when the time came, he didn’t want us to say he ‘passed away’ or was ‘laid to rest’ … Just say I died and was buried,” Parsley said. “That was Tom.”

Services will be private, but memorial contributions may be made to the Golden Harvest Food Bank, 3310 Commerce Dr., Augusta, GA 30909.

Survivors include a sister, Anne Camp­bell McAndrew, and her husband, James, of Nantucket Island, Mass.; brother David Campbell and his wife, Denise Gray, of LaJolla, Calif.; and nieces Claire Augustus and Erin McAndrew.

Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Road, is in charge.

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Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 05/02/12 - 01:49 pm
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An incredible talent and a

An incredible talent and a fine gentleman. He was indeed a credit to his profession.

peace4784
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peace4784 05/02/12 - 02:01 pm
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A genuine, sincere, and good
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A genuine, sincere, and good person. He interviewed me about my drinking and driving children's book during a morning program. RIP Tom Campbell and condolences to his family.

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TrulyWorried 05/02/12 - 02:05 pm
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How sad - seemed like he

How sad - seemed like he belonged into everyones' living room. May he rest in peace and may the family know how much he was appreciated.

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TrulyWorried 05/02/12 - 02:05 pm
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How sad - seemed like he

How sad - seemed like he belonged into everyones' living room. May he rest in peace and may the family know how much he was appreciated.

GodisSoGood
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GodisSoGood 05/02/12 - 02:12 pm
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I can remember when he first

I can remember when he first came to Channel 12. It seems like yesterday. Hard to believe it has been almost 20 years. May his soul rest in peace.

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tckr1983 05/02/12 - 02:21 pm
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I said this at my dads

I said this at my dads funeral in January... I always thought the saying "rest in peace" was funny in a sense, it's meant for us and not the departed. To comfort those still living and in pain over a lost loved one. I'm sure that Tom and my dad are both doing everything BUT resting right now... which makes me happy.

My thoughts to the Campbell family and all that knew him, chin up.

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David Parker 05/02/12 - 02:54 pm
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sincere condolences to the

sincere condolences to the Campbell's and WRDW.

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showboat 05/02/12 - 03:08 pm
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GOD BLESS TOM AND HIS
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GOD BLESS TOM AND HIS FAMILY!!!!

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FriedFacts 05/02/12 - 03:50 pm
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The entire TV broadcast
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The entire TV broadcast community has my deepest sympathy.

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AugustaTech 05/02/12 - 05:44 pm
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Our thoughts and prayers for

Our thoughts and prayers for the Campbell family and the extended News 12 family for a wonderful man and one of the best journalists to ever grace Augusta TV!

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itsanotherday1 05/02/12 - 09:21 pm
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I was so comfortable with Tom

I was so comfortable with Tom being a daily fixture that I didn't realize he was 68. I hope his loved ones take comfort in the fact Tom was so well thought of in this community.

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reba530 05/02/12 - 09:36 pm
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This is so sad. Hate to hear
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This is so sad. Hate to hear that. He seemed like such an awesome man. He will definately be missed

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scoopdedoop64 05/02/12 - 09:40 pm
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Sorry to hear of his death

Sorry to hear of his death and I am sure he will be missed by many.

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tcowan13 05/02/12 - 11:01 pm
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Tom Campbell Has Been A Very

Tom Campbell Has Been A Very Big Part Of Our Lives Here In Augusta For Many Years!!! May God Always Shine On hIs Family And May Tom Always Shine Down On Us From Heaven!!!

tcowan13
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tcowan13 05/02/12 - 11:01 pm
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Tom Campbell Has Been A Very

Tom Campbell Has Been A Very Big Part Of Our Lives Here In Augusta For Many Years!!! May God Always Shine On hIs Family And May Tom Always Shine Down On Us From Heaven!!!

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jamin676 05/03/12 - 03:53 am
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A great guy who I had the

A great guy who I had the pleasure of working w/from 1996-2001. He was truly larger than life & a real man's man. A man who found his chosen profession & was a pro's pro. He was to paraphase Football's Al Davis "committed to excellence".

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HighSociety 05/03/12 - 05:02 am
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I was blessed to meet him on

I was blessed to meet him on several different occasions, and he was always the nicest person. I even had the pleasure to sit down and have a few cold ones with him. He truly loved Augusta. He will be missed.

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Iwannakno 05/03/12 - 07:30 am
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Never knew him but always got
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Never knew him but always got the impression he would be the guy sitting next to you somewhere in public that you would talk to and really be interested in what he said. He was one of the rare ones that didn't just read the news. I enjoyed watching him. Condolences to those he left behind.

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stillamazed 05/03/12 - 07:42 am
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So sad to hear of Mr. Tom's

So sad to hear of Mr. Tom's death, he was certainly a fixture in our living room for many years and he will be missed. I feel kind of like I felt when Peter Jennings died you feel sort of like an old friend is gone even though you did not personally know them. May God bless his family.

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