Albert “Al” Doerr Campbell

Albert “Al” Doerr Campbell died April 6, 2014 at home in Lawrence, Kansas. He was born on March 22, 1931 in Larned, Kansas, the son of Harold C. and Isabel Doerr Campbell. He graduated from Larned High School and the University of Kansas. While at KU, Al was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He served in the Air Force following graduation. On November 12, 1955 he married Patricia Lloyd of Hutchinson, KS. After living in El Paso, TX while Al was in the Air Force, they moved back to Larned in 1957. Al joined the A A Doerr Mercantile Company and later became President of the corporation.
Al was an accomplished musician, playing the piano and organ. Throughout his life, he provided enjoyment to many people as he filled a room with wonderful music.
In Larned, he served as president of the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Santa Fe Trail Center Board and First National Bank Board of Directors. He was chairman of the Pawnee County Democratic Party. He was a Presbyterian Elder. Al helped found the Pawnee County KU Scholarship Fund, Larned Leadership Program, and the Fort Larned Old Guard.
From 1967 to 1974, Al served in the Kansas House of Representatives. He then served in the Kansas Senate from 1974 to 1976.
Al was President of the Western Implement and Hardware Association, President of the Kansas Association of Commerce and Industry, a member of the Kansas ABC Board and the State Historical Society, Co-chairman of the KU Jayhawks for Higher Education, a founder of the Leadership Kansas Program, a director of Kansas Economic Council and President-elect of the Kansas Children’s Service League.
Al and Pat moved to Lawrence in 2002 and she survives. Other survivors include his daughter Susan C. Anderson and husband Steve, Lawrence, son Alan D. Campbell, Lawrence, a brother James C. Campbell and wife Sally, St. Augustine, FL, nephews Jeffrey Campbell, Clermont, FL and Joseph Campbell, Leesburg, VA, and a granddaughter Paige C. Anderson, Los Angeles, CA.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 4 to 6 pm at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS. A private burial service will be held at the Larned Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to the Kansas Children’s Service League, 3545 SW 5th Street, Topeka, KS 66066.
The family wishes to thank Home Instead and hospice of Visiting Nurses for their caring help these past few weeks.

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  1. Glee and Jerry Smith on April 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Dear Pat and family,

    We remember Al as the drum major in the Larned High School band — and when he was in Glee’s Sunday School Class during his high school years. Both of us have good memories of working with Al on KU boards and on many Larned community activities. His music was an inspiration to all of us. We’re thinking of all of you with special caring.

    Glee and Jerry Smith

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