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Campbell, William M. (Bill)

Campbell  Bill

Bill was born in Belleville Ontario in 1935. He was active in his high school Cadet Corps and attended Ipperwash Cadet Camp for two years.

He joined the Reserve Army in 1950 - 9th Anti/Tank Regiment, (Self-Propelled) Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA) Argyll Light Infantry, which was equipped with the M-10 self-propelled 17-pdr. He rose from gunner to Bombardier, Sergeant then to Officer Cadet. Entered Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in 1953 and graduated in 1957. Commissioned into the Royal Canadian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (RCEME) as a Lieutenant. Attended University of Toronto for one year graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc). Served in the RCEME School in Barriefield, Ontario; 4 Field Workshop in West Germany; and commanded the 4 CIBG Brigade Group Headquarters Light Aid Detachment (LAD) in West Germany and, 216 Workshop, in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Completed the 1963-65 staff officers’ course at the Canadian Army Staff College, Kingston, Ontario. Served for a short time as Staff Captain “A” in 3 Canadian Infantry Brigade Group Headquarters, in Gagetown, New Brunswick.

Retired from the Canadian Army in November 1965 and joined Xerox Corporation in Rochester, New York, as an assistant to the Vice President of Engineering. With Xerox 23 years Bill had a number of different assignments in the area of new product logistics support and program management.  In 1969 he obtained his Master of Business Administration through the Executive Development Program at the University of Rochester. The summer of 1973 was spent in Palo Alto, California, as the assistant program manager for the first Xerox word processor. From 1980 to 1983 he was with Xerox in London, England. His last assignment was program manager of the revolutionary remote interactive communications program that provided remote diagnostics for Xerox machines.

Bill took an early retirement package from Xerox in 1988 and moved to Ottawa where he was Director of Engineering at MEL Defense Systems. He then went to Lumonics as Director of Customer Service and Field Engineering. In 1991 he embarked on a new career as a management consultant in the field of quality management and education with the Achieve Group. In 1995 he joined the Xerox Quality Services Group serving clients in the Ottawa area until 2001 when he retired.

His interests are walking/hiking, cross-country skiing, canoeing, golfing, bridge and overseas travel. He and Muriel lived three years in Germany and three years in England and have travelled extensively in Europe. They have enjoyed Elderhostel (now Road Scholar) trips to India, Costa Rica, Turkey, Florida, Death Valley, and, in Arizona, Grand Canyon and Canyon de Chelly.

For several years he was active in the outreach programs of the Prostate Cancer Association of Ottawa. He is a Volunteer Interpreter at the Canadian War Museum. He is a Past President of the Friday Luncheon Discussion Club. He has a son living in Tucson, Arizona, a daughter in Edmonton and a grandson living in Rochester, New York.


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