Blair H. Campbell | Obituary

Blair H. Campbell RUTLAND — Blair Hendron Campbell, 86, passed away peacefully at his home on April 22, 2022, surrounded by loved ones. Born March 28, 1936, in Beaver Falls, New York, the son of Francis and Florence Campbell, Blair and his sister, Virginia Isaacson, lived in various parts of the United States growing up. The family settled in Nyack, New York during Blair’s high school years. Blair graduated from Nyack High where he was an outstanding all-around athlete in football, wrestling and track and field. In 1960, he earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine at Cornell University, where he still managed to compete at the collegiate level as a wrestler and was a member of the Alpha Psi Fraternity. His curiosity for medicine brought him to the University of New Hampshire, where he earned his second doctorate in human physiology. Simultaneously, showing his endless interest in learning, Blair learned the construction trade and was the owner of Rutland Foundations. Blair came to Vermont with his wife, Maryanne Faccioli, in 1960 and practiced large and small animal medicine. Shortly after moving to Vermont, he built the Mendon Animal Clinic and later built the Eastwood Animal Clinic in Rutland, Vermont, and remained in practice there throughout his career as a veterinarian. His unparalleled care and admiration for animals has made him a beloved veterinarian in the region. During the 1960s and 1970s, Blair was a professor at Castleton State College teaching physiology. Blair had an entrepreneurial spirit throughout his life and never stopped researching and inventing. He has designed and manufactured several pet products that will live forever in the veterinary field. After retirement, Blair and his partner of 24 years, Donna Gilman, traveled the world and fulfilled a lifelong dream of being near the sea, enjoying a simple home in a tight-knit community in Key Largo with their fishing boat nearby. During the summer months, they enjoyed immense joy on their boat at Chimney Point in Addison, Vermont, and maintained close friendships with their boating family. Blair loved life and chose to call Vermont home in his final years, surrounded and cared for by his loving family. On April 22, shortly after spotting the first daffodil in the yard, he passed away comfortably. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Seth Coombs and Rutland Hospice, especially Cindy, who took very good care of Blair and our family. His memory and spirit will remain close as the beloved partner of Donna Gilman and her warm family; a loving father to Glenn Campbell and Julie Campbell; a revered grandfather of Madison Blair Roth, Spencer Campbell, Otis Gray and Cooper Gray. Blair found immense joy in his great-grandson, Jackson Blair Roth. Blair’s passing was preceded by the peaceful death of his wonderful sister, Ginny Isaacson, in late 2021. Blair’s presence will also be missed by many family members and friends, including Mark Gilman, Michael Gilman, Connie Gilman, Joanne and Alex Caglione, Chris Isaacson, Doug Isaacson and Katie Isaacson; as well as the grandchildren of Donna Gilman, Wyatt Gilman, Grace Gilman, Talya Gilman-Solomon. He loved and was deeply loved by his entire extended family, and their BFDs (Big Family Dinners) and “Thanksmases/Allidays” will be remembered for years to come. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Master Gardeners, Diabetes Foundation or Hospice would be greatly appreciated. Please join family and friends of Blair at St. Peter’s Church in Rutland, Vermont on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 11 a.m. There’s a reception to follow at the Southside.

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