Robert “Bob” James Campbell, 81, of Missoula, Montana, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2022 in Missoula.
Bob was born on December 21, 1940 in Sidney, Montana, the only child of James and Verna Campbell.
Following his graduation from high school, Bob moved to Missoula to attend the University of Montana where he received a degree in in pharmacy in 1963 and a law degree in 1967. He opened a private law practice in Missoula and in 1979 became a hearings officer at the Montana Department of Labor in Helena. Upon his retirement, Bob returned to Missoula.
Bob loved the natural beauty of Montana and was passionate about the law and the state constitution. He was a delegate to the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention, where he co-authored the preamble and provisions on the right to privacy and the right to a clean and healthful environment.
His love for Montana carried into the words of the preamble: “We the people of Montana grateful to God for the quiet beauty of our state, the grandeur of our mountains, the vastness of our rolling plains, and desiring to improve the quality of life, equality of opportunity and to secure the blessings of liberty for this and future generations do ordain and establish this constitution.” Bob regularly spoke about the Constitutional Convention at K-12 schools and the University of Montana, and was active with the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center in Missoula.
Bob is survived by his children, T.J. Campbell and Elizabeth Campbell, and two grandsons, Ryan and Grant Karlsgodt.
In keeping with Bob’s commitment to legal education, the University of Montana Blewett School of Law has established the “For This and Future Generations” award to be given each year for the best published student paper on the Montana constitution. Donations to fund the award in memory of Bob may be mailed to the UM Foundation at PO BOX 7159, Missoula, MT 59807, or given online at www.supportum.org. In the comments field, please note that the gift should be designated to the “For This and Future Generations” award.
Please consider donating in lieu of flowers.