Kenneth S. (Ken) Campbell

Kenneth S. (Ken) Campbell (July 10, 1913 – June 27, 2004)

Years of Service NC State University 1948-1976
Professor Emeritus 1976-2004
Professor of Textile Chemistry 1948-1976

Professional Experience
Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. Bachelor of Chemistry
Clemson College, Clemson, S.C. Bachelor of Textile Chemistry
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA Graduate study
Instructor, Georgia Tech
Textile Technologist, Cotton Chemical Finishing Division, Southern Regional Research Laboratory, New Orleans
Technical Service, Ciba Company, Inc., Ardsley, New York
Research Chemist, National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C.
N.C. State 1948-1976

Ken Campbell was born to Elwyn and Lizzie Campbell in Fairhaven, near New Bedford, Massachusetts July 10, 1913.  After high school, he graduated from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, and received a B.S. Textile Chemistry at Clemson and did further graduate study at Ga. Tech where was employed as an Instructor.  He spent two years in New Orleans with the Southern Regional Research Laboratory, and two and a half years with Ciba Company interacting with textile mills and solving practical problems in dyeing and finishing.

Ken had an interesting connection to the School of Textiles.  His half-brother, Malcolm Campbell was Dean of the School of Textiles; and Ken worked at the National Bureau of Standards with the man who recruited him, Henry (Hank) Rutherford.

Ken taught the undergraduate dyeing and finishing classes to all students in the School and directed the senior-level capstone course for Textile Chemistry students.  His practical experience in national laboratories and interaction with textile mills meant that he brought a wide experience to the position.  He was appointed full Professor directly when hired.  He co-operated with Hank Rutherford on research and won a national competition. (4)

Figure 1: The administration of the School of Textiles: Left to right – Dean Malcolm Campbell; Hank Rutherford; Elliot Grover; Jack Bogdan; Ken Campbell; and Dame Hamby. Circa 1955. NCSU Archives.

He was a member of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, the Textile Institute, The Society of Dyers and Colourists, the International Color Council, Sigma Tau Sigma, national honor textile fraternity and Delta Kappa Phi, national professional textile fraternity.

Ken was pre-deceased by his brothers Malcolm, Donald, Stuart, and Duncan Campbell.  A sister Jean Campbell of Fairhaven was still alive in 2004. Ken was married to Bland T. Campbell for 64 years.  He was the father of Kay Campbell Flinn of Chapel Hill, N.C. and another daughter who died in youth. (7)

Selected Publications

  1. Herman Bogaty, Kenneth S. Campbell, William D. Appel, “Some Observations on the Evaporation of Water from Cellulose,” Textile Research Journal, vol. 22, 2, pp. 75-81 Feb. 1, 1952.
  2. Herman Bogaty, Kenneth S. Campbell, William D. Appel, “The Oxidation of Cellulose by Ozone in Small Concentrations, Textile Research Journal, vol. 22, 2, pp. 81-83 Feb. 1, 1952.

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  1. Mock, Gary, N. A Century of Progress, The Textile Program, North Carolina State University, 1899-1999, North Carolina Textile Foundation, Raleigh, N.C., 2001, pages 120, 127.
  2. C. State News Service, February 9, 1949. Four new professors, etc. have been added to the staff of the School of Textiles at North Carolina State College.  NCSU Archives.
  3. Undated (possibly January 5, 1952 in pencil) News Service Release Kenneth S. Campbell is professor. NCSU Archives.
  4. Undated News Service Release, A technical paper, won first place in a national scientific competition. NCSU Archives.
  5. News release: Information Services, North Carolina State University, December 21, 1966. Something both new and unique (a color laboratory) has been added at the North Carolina State University Department of Textile Chemistry. NCSU Archives.
  6. The Bulletin Online, Kenneth S. Campbell died June 27. July 9, 2004. NCSU Archives.
  7. “Kenneth Stoddard Campbell 1913-2004,” Obituary, Raleigh News & Observer, June 2004