Alaskans are celebrating the life today (Nov. 26) of a Juneau prison innovator, death-penalty opponent and author.
Charles Campbell, 88, died last month from pancreatic cancer at the Episcopal Church’s Goodwin House in Falls Church, Virginia. (Read his full obituary.)
He headed up Alaska’s Department of Corrections under Governor Jay Hammond, capping a nearly 50-year career in prison work. After retirement, he and his wife, Ellen, remained in Juneau until moving east in 2009.
Campbell was a World War II veteran who served as a paratrooper and gliderman with the Army’s 17th Airborne Division. He was at the Battle of the Bulge.
Later, he was active in the capital city’s chapter of Veterans for Peace. In a 2005 interview, he spoke against the Iraq war, and how he felt officials misrepresented the facts.
“I think we have a huge responsibility to try to make people understand the truth. I honestly think when people understand the facts, as hard as it may be to find the facts, I believe policies will come into place that will bring an end to this war,” he said when he was 80.
Campbell was active in a number of other causes in Alaska. He testified against the death penalty, based on his long career in corrections.
He was superintendent of the first coed federal prison, and wrote about the experience in “Serving Time Together: Men and Women in Prison.” He also wrote “The Intolerable Hulks,” about prison ships, and “Doing Easy Time,” a memoir.
Campbell was also an active member of downtown Juneau’s Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. That’s where tonight’s (Nov. 26’s) memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 7 p.m.
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