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Noreen Keating Campbell

May 10, 2019 - 06:00
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Sept. 25, 1932 - Feb. 22, 2019

Noreen Keating Campbell, formerly of Greensboro, passed away on Feb. 22, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla., from cardio-pulmonary failure.

Noreen was born in Arlington, Mass.on Sept. 25, 1932 to Catherine M. (Regan) and Paul L. Keating. She attended Saint Agnes School and Arlington High School and graduated from Radcliffe College, in 1954, with a concentration in chemistry. She obtained her Master’s of Education from Tufts University in 1957. While working as a research technician at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Rockefeller Institute, she co-authored and published papers on the effect of phosphate on the occurrence of dental caries, interactions of calcium and other cations with lipids and serotonin in physiological processes, the potential role of serotonin metabolism in mental disease, and serotonin-like and antiserotonin properties of psychotomimetic analogs psilocybin and psilocin. Later she worked as a laboratory technician at Emory University in Atlanta.

Noreen was married to Dr. Wallace Gibson Campbell Jr., Professor of Pathology at Cornell University Medical College and Emory University Medical School, on June 16, 1957 at the Church of St. Brigid in Lexington, Mass.

After settling in New York City, Noreen and Wallace lived in San Antonio, Texas, while Wallace served as a captain in the U.S. Army and relocated to Atlanta in 1964. In the 1990s they returned to New York City, where Wallace again worked for Cornell until retirement back to Atlanta and later to Greensboro, where they passed many happy years on Lake Oconee.

A devoted and supportive wife, Noreen was a loving and involved mother and grandmother, a devout Catholic and an active community volunteer throughout her life at hospitals - including St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital auxiliary, churches, and the local PTA. Noreen loved the opera, the symphony, reading and being a mother. She was an intelligent, compassionate and caring person, who put the needs of others above her own.

Her smile was radiant and always brought joy to those around her. She will be missed greatly by her family and all who knew her.

She is survived by her adoring husband; daughter Julia Catherine Manning of Jacksonville, Fla.; sons John Wallace Campbell of Atlanta, William Paul Campbell of St. Marys and Donald Patrick Campbell of Livingston, N.J. and eight grandchildren: Caroline Campbell, Annie Campbell, Bobby Campbell, Connor Campbell, Laila Campbell, Benjamin Campbell, Theresa Campbell and Jack Manning.

She was also survived by her brother, Otis, who passed away on Feb. 26.