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The Living ChurchAugust 31, 1997Bishop Campbell of West Virginia Dies 215(9) p. 6

He was noted for his strong support of social justice

The Rt. Rev. Wilburn Camrock Campbell, fourth Bishop of West Virginia, died July 29 in a Summersville, W.Va., nursing home. He was 86. Bishop Campbell served the Diocese of West Virginia for 26 years as a bishop. He was diocesan from 1955 until he retired in 1976, and was coadjutor from 1950 to 1955.

Bishop Campbell was a native of Waynesville, N.C., a graduate of Amherst College, Kenyon College and General Theological Seminary. He also received honorary doctoral degrees from several institutions.

He was ordained deacon in 1935 and priest in 1936, and served as curate of St. Stephen's Church, Port Washington, N.Y., during those years. He was rector of St. Luke's, Sea Cliff, N.Y., 1936-39; rector of All Saints', Brooklyn, 1939-43; and was executive director of the Presiding Bishop's Committee on Lay Work, 1943-46.

He returned to parish work in 1946 as rector of Church of the Ascension, Pittsburgh, remaining there until he was consecrated in West Virginia. Following his retirement, he served as vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Summersville, from 1976 to 1983.

Bishop Campbell was noted as a strong supporter of social justice. He was a leader in the establishment of the West Virginia Conference on Religion and Race, and was known for assigning priests of one race to congregations of another. In 1967, he was named West Virginian of the Year by the Sunday Gazette-Mail of Charleston. Under his leadership, the diocesan headquarters was moved from Wheeling to Charleston.

He is survived by his wife, Janet, one son and one daughter.