Longtime Montcalm Community College Business Administration Instructor Bob Campbell passed away on Sept. 11 after a long battle with cancer. He was 59.
Campbell joined MCC’s faculty in January 1985 as a part-time business instructor, and in 1986, he became a full-time faculty member.
“We have lost a person who was a champion for MCC throughout the years. He was a consistent advocate for our students and an excellent instructor,” said MCC President Bob Ferrentino. “We are saddened by his passing and express our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
“Bob loved learning,” Ferrentino said. “His commitment to the students and to the college went above and beyond classroom instruction. Students have consistently benefitted from his guidance and his advice, both inside and outside of the classroom.”
MCC Vice President for Academic Affairs Rob Spohr said Campbell mentored him when he was hired as a business instructor at the college.
“Bob was not only a great man, but to me he was a great teacher, mentor, colleague and friend,” Spohr said. “I got to know Bob years ago when I was a student in a few of his classes. Bob was a master teacher who truly cared about all of his students.
“When I decided to work in higher education, Bob became a mentor to me and helped me shape my education and career,” Spohr said. “After I was hired at MCC, Bob was a colleague who helped me become a better teacher and a better person. Bob was also a friend who was always there to help me personally, whenever and wherever needed.”
Campbell was a graduate of Belding High School. He earned an Associate of Applied Arts and Science Degree in Accounting from MCC in 1983 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with concentration in accounting from Aquinas College in 1984. In 1997, he earned a Master of Science Degree in Career and Technical Education from Ferris State University.
Visitation is Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the First Congregational Church, Greenville, with burial following at River Ridge Cemetery in Belding.