SOUTH KINGSTOWN–Wallace "Wally" Campbell III, former president of Peace Dale's Museum of Primitive Art and Culture, died on Feb. 6 at Scallop Shell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Campbell, 93, was an investment adviser and later a trustee at Sturges, Chaffee and Hazard from 1957 until 2005. Campbell graduated in 1937 from Milton Academy and after four-years at Yale he joined the Air Force and served in World War II. Campbell also served as the Primitive Art and Culture Museum's president for 22 years. Campbell's grandfather, Rowland G. Hazard II, began working to establish a museum collection in 1892. Hazard received numerous local donation to the original collection which evolved and expended from Holly House, his Peace Dale home, to what is now the Peace Dale Library.
"Wally was proud of this close connection with the museum and with his grandfather," Sarah Turnbaugh, Curator of the Trustees and Director Emerita said.
Along with Çampbell's historic family connections and his own experience in business and history, it was as a gentleman, conversationalist, and advocate that he will likely be remembered.
"Wally helped establish an organization with a mission of community outreach and educational enrichment," Virginia Williams, President of the museum's Trustees said. "The Evening Lecture Series that he began continues to be popular and well attended. The museum is continuing as a fine asset to our community."
Many who commented on Campbell's death wrote of his limitless curiosity and his commitment to educating the public--his interests ranged from current news to local and ancient history.
"Wally was a very dedicated museum president. In the thirty years that I knew him and worked with him, his interest in the museum never faltered," Turnbaugh said. "One aspect that stands out was his easy and wide-ranging conversational style. And he enjoyed sharing his experiences with listeners."
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