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Memorable Manitobans: Donald John “Don” Campbell (1914-2001)

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Donald John Campbell
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Accountant, community activist.

Born in the RM of St. James on 27 February 1914, son of John Morrison “Jack” Campbell (?-1980) and Elizabeth Ann Fraser (1888-1948), in 1933 he trained as an accountant with the firm of Rankin, Saul and Thornton, obtaining his chartered accountancy with medal distinction in 1938. He later became a partner in Thornton, Milne and Campbell which merged with Price Waterhouse in 1955. He retired as its senior partner in 1975. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1961, a member of the governing council of the Institute (1949-1960), and its President (1959-1960).

He was married three times; first on 23 August 1941 to Alison Patricia Shaw (1915-1989) with whom he had two children, second to Betty Sparling, and third to Nettie Ohlman (c1932-2009). He was the founding President of the Manitoba Theatre Centre (1959-1960), President of the Manitoba Arts Council (1960-1961), Honourary President of the CNIB, and a board member of the Osteoporosis Society and Manitoba Centennial Corporation. He was a member of the Masons, Redboine Boating Club-Power Squadron and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 1 April 2001.

Brother-in-law to Leonard A. Bateman.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Alison Patricia Shaw is bride of Donald J. Campbell,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 August 1941, page 10.

“Manitoba chartered accounts honored,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 January 1961, page 7.

“Giant team to plan for centennial,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 1963, page 3.

“Divorces become final,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1972, page 159.

Obituary [John Morrison Campbell], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1980, page 41.

Obituary [Betty S. Campbell], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 February 1994, page 26.

Obituary [Eileen Elizabeth Bateman], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 December 1996, page 35.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 2001.

Obituary [Nettie Ohlman-Campbell], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 2009.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 June 2019

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