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9Feb09 - Arlington F. Campbell, 69, a retired Navy rear admiral who commanded submarine forces around the world
and directed naval telecommunications units, died Jan. 27 of mesothelioma at National Naval Medical Center in
Bethesda. He lived in Springfield.
Adm. Campbell spent 33 years on active duty after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1961.
He served on four submarines before taking command of the Richard B. Russell, an attack submarine, and in 1981 was
named the first commanding officer of the Ohio, a nuclear-powered Trident-class submarine armed with ballistic
He later commanded submarine squadrons and groups along the East Coast.
In addition, Adm. Campbell was part of the staff of Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, working on developing nuclear reactors
for submarines in Northern Virginia. He also led the Navy's worldwide telecommunications command and was vice
director of the Defense Information Systems Command, which included White House communications units.
Arlington Fichtner Campbell was born in Steubenville, Ohio, and grew up in Weirton, W.Va. He received a master's
degree in naval management, personnel and financial from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in 1970.
Adm. Campbell was a vice president of Decision Systems Technology, an information technology firm in Rockville, for
about two years after his retirement from the Navy.
He was a longtime member of the executive board of the Naval Academy's Class of 1961 alumni group and was
president for five years. He also served on the board of directors of the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation, which
benefits the families of naval officers and sailors assigned to submarines.
He was a member of Community of Faith Tabernacle Church in Springfield and was on the board of Teams for Medical
Missions, an organization that provides humanitarian aid to Jamaica.
A daughter, Courtney Lynn Campbell, died in 1964.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Bonnie Jackson Campbell of Springfield; two children, William Campbell of
Colton, Ore., and Caroline Lewis of Waterford, Conn.; a brother; a sister; and two granddaughters
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