Harriet Hunstiger Campbell

May 28, 1921 ~ July 7, 2021 (age 100)


Harriet Hunstiger Campbell, 100, of Homewood at Williamsport, passed away peacefully at Doey's House in Hagerstown on July 7, 2021.

Born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Harriet was the daughter of Anthony and Martha Meyer Hunstiger. She graduated as Valedictorian from Cathedral High School and received her B.S. in Chemistry and Biology at the College of St. Benedict.

In 1943 she joined the WAVES in the U.S. Navy. As part of the Hospital Corps, she served as a laboratory technician at the Naval Hospital at Key West, FL, and the Naval Air Station at Pensacola, FL.

After discharge from the Navy in 1945, she moved to Bethesda and worked as a research assistant at the National Cancer Institute and the National Heart Institute at the National Institutes of Health. There she met Paul Gilbert Campbell. They were married in Washington D.C. on December 26, 1951, and stayed happily married for more than 50 years.

Harriet and Paul furthered their educations at Penn State University, where Harriet earned an M.S. in Zoology, since women were not accepted in the medical school then.

Returning to Maryland, they lived in Silver Spring for 20 years, with Paul working at the National Bureau of Standards. Together they bred and showed standard poodles in obedience trials. They built a house in Gapland in Washington County, and lived there for 20 years after Paul retired. They traveled extensively, especially enjoying Elderhostel trips in the U.K.

When Paul was diagnosed with ALS in 2001, they moved to a cottage at Homewood at Williamsport, where he died the following year.

Harriet loved to learn and was always taking classes somewhere. She loved classical music and appreciated various crafts, having a large pottery and glass collection. She supported the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts with monetary gifts as well as items for their collection and for sale at the annual Fall Treasure Sale.

A devoted Catholic, Harriet contributed to multiple causes, including the scholarship program at Shenandoah University, Penn State University's ALS research at Hershey, and Hospice of Washington County.

Harriet is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to Covid restrictions, services will be held at a later date, including a memorial service in the Chapel at Homewood and Mass at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Williamsport. Burial will be in St. Cloud, MN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Harriet's name to Doey's House Endowment Fund, c/o Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown MD 21742.

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