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Emily Bentley Campbell

May 26, 2020 | 3 comments

Emily Bentley Campbell died on May 24, 2020 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.  She was born April 27, 1930 the only child of Stanley and Emily Campbell in Hot Springs, Virginia.  She was a proud Graduate from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Duke University, and Boston College where she received a Master’s Degree.  She retired in 1992 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Nursing as a Full Professor with Emeritus status.  While on the faculty in Madison she established the first Nurse Practitioner preparation program in the state and secured funding for multiple research studies related to Geriatric Nursing. 

In 1997 she moved to Trempealeau to enjoy life along the Mississippi River.  Emily loved to travel and journeyed to all seven continents.  She enjoyed nature to the fullest, especially birds and she was an avid fisherperson.  She loved dogs and was especially fond of her Gordon Setters.

Emily is survived by long-time friend, Judy Bautch, “special sisters” Kathleen Kulig and Jane Fremstad and their families.  She is also survived by several cousins.  Many lives have been touched by her caring, her wisdom, her sense of humor and her zest for life.  She will be greatly missed.

Contributions in her memory can be made to Christ Episcopal Church in La Crosse, University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Nursing Emily B. Campbell Scholarship Fund (132640012), Mississippi Valley Conservancy in LaCrosse or the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo.

A Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 27, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 515 N Main St. Holmen, WI. with visitation from 10:00 am until the time of the service.  Social distancing and masks are encouraged.



  1. Vivian Littlefield

    I so admired Emily and her commitment to Geriatric Nursing and the School of Nursing. She made important contributions to the nursing field and was lots of fun!
    Vivian Littlefield, Dean and Professor Emerita

  2. Sandra Ward

    Hello Judy,
    My condolences to you at this difficult time. Emily was a warm and marvelous woman who was such a major presence at UW-Madison. I will always appreciate the mentoring that she so generously gifted to students and faculty. Very best regards,

  3. Linda Scott

    Please accept my sincere condolences on behalf of the faculty, staff, students, and alumni at the UW-Madison School of Nursing. I hope to recognize Emily for her contributions with a memorial resolution to the Faculty Senate later this fall.

    Sincerely, Dean Linda Scott


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