Yesterday, President John DeGioia announced in an email to students and faculty that Rev. Gerald Campbell, president of Georgetown from 1964 to 1968, passed away in the university’s Jesuit Community on August 9 at the age of 92. He was the 44th president.
“We are saddened by the passing of a cherished member of our community and a former leader of the university,” President John J. DeGioia in a press release. “In the Jesuit tradition of men and women for others, Father Campbell recognized the growing needs of city residents and the ability of Georgetown students to help meet them.”
During his time, Campbell founded the Faculty Senate by joining members of the University’s Board of Directors. He introduced student volunteer programs around the greater Washington area. In 1983, long after his time as president of Georgetown, Campbell became the founding Director of the Center of Jesuit Spirituality based at Holy Trinity Parish in Georgetown.
“Throughout an era of extraordinary change across our nation, Fr. Campbell helped to sustain and strengthen Georgetown’s Jesuit identity while also considering the future character and goals of our university,” DeGioia said in the email.
On Friday, a funeral and wake will be held for Campbell at Holy Trinity.