Campbell, Josephine Conrad

March 05, 2006

On March 1, 2006, in Petaluma, of complications from Cancer, Journalist, Environmentalist, Civil Rights Activist, gun owner and dog lover, JOSEPHINE CONRAD CAMPBELL. Born in Evansville, IN, she grew up in Daytona Beach, FL, spent her working life in the Washington, D.C. area and retired to the Eastern Shore of Maryland before moving to California to be near her three daughters. For thirty years she was a feature writer for International Press Service, part of the U.S. Information Agency - "Telling America's Story to the World" in the Near East Branch, Voice of America, Amepnka, a Russian language magazine, and the Africa Branch. She was a shop steward for the government union, belonged to the Prince George's County, Maryland chapter of the NAACP, serving as an officer for a number of years, and was a member of the County Human Relations Commission, which oversaw several investigations of excessive force against blacks by the Prince Georges County Police. In retirement, she and her partner, Dr. Hyman Rudoff, "Rudy," a retired scientist, wrote for the Willits News in Mendocino County, CA and Jo continued to publish Ecotopics International News Service, an online magazine, www.ecotopics.com., which features dispatches from correspondents in Asia and Africa and articles on environmental controversies. She was active in the National Writers Union, the National Press Club, the Dog Writers Association of America, the Northern California ACLU and the Ukiah Gun Club. Sadly, Rudy died two days before Jo. Her husband of forty-one years, Donald Campbell, a retired systems analyst, died in 1988. She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen, Carolyn and Deborah Campbell, Kathleen's husband Dr. Richard Fine and Carolyn's fiance John Collins, all of California, her granddaughters Sarah and Lynn Fine of Buenos Aires, Argentina, her granddaughter Felicia Fine and Felicia's partner James Corcoran and other family members in Maryland.

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