Georgiana Harwood Campbell, 80, of Northfield, MN, died October 26, 2013.
Georgiana Campbell was born at her grandmother’s house in La Grange, Wisconsin, June 29, 1933, the only child of George and Mabel (Hachtel) Harwood. She attended school in a one-room country schoolhouse where her mother was the teacher, followed by High School of the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
She graduated with a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1955, and then taught Junior High School English in Freeport, Illinois, for the 1955-56 school year. Her studies for the Master of Arts degree in Sociology included a year at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and she received the degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1959.
She was recruited by the Sociology Department at St Olaf College in Northfield, while on vacation in Europe. That fall, she began teaching at St Olaf where she met and married Arthur Campbell in 1960.
In 1963 she left teaching with the birth of their first daughter, Anne Margaret. She returned to teaching for a year at the request of the Sociology Department, and began work at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, towards a PhD.
While raising four children, she went back to school at the University of Minnesota, Mankato, to take the required courses for certification for teaching in the public schools, including Special Education.
Georgiana began teaching Special Education in the Northfield and Cannon Falls school districts until her retirement. For many years, she was active in the local DFL. In the early 1960s she became a member of the First United Church of Christ and served as a trustee.
Georgiana was very active in the local League of Women Voters, from its formation in 1965. She served as local president from 1968 to 1970. In 1998 she received the Northfield League of Women Voters Service Award in part for her efforts to pass Title Nine — bringing girls’ athletics into the schools. She was recognized in 2005 for her status as a founder.
Georgiana was a cancer survivor and will be remembered by many for her kindness, generosity, and commitment to justice.
She was survived by her husband, Arthur, and three of their four children: Emily and her husband, Ian; Charles and his wife Susan; Anthony and his wife Molly, as well as daughter-in-law, Cecelia DeMarco, and six grandchildren. Georgiana was preceded in death by her eldest daughter, Anne, earlier this year.
Memorial service will be held 1:00pm Saturday, November 16 at the First United Church of Christ of Northfield. Memorials may be sent to the First United Church of Christ, St. Olaf College, or the League of Women Voters.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.