Lifelong Shreveport resident and prominent businessman, Edward Rupert “Bo” Campbell, Jr., passed away peacefully on November 20, 2021, surrounded by his three children, Chip, Chris, and Kathryn. A visitation will be held at Osborn Funeral Home on Friday, November 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services to honor his life will be held at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 27 at 11 a. m. A private family interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery. A reception will be held following the services at The Petroleum Club.
A native of Shreveport, Bo was born on February 9, 1941, to Edward Rupert Campbell and Avonia Umbarger Campbell. He is preceded in death by both parents.
Bo attended A.C. Steere Elementary, Broadmoor Junior, and C.E Byrd High School where he excelled in sports, most notably, track and field and football. As a 15-year-old freshman, Bo set an AAU Nationals record in the 440-yard dash. He shattered the record at 16 in the 440 at the National Junior Olympics by three tenths of a second. He also led the Byrd Yellow Jackets to many football victories as a running back.
After graduating from Byrd in 1959, Bo accepted a scholarship to play football at Louisiana State University. He played under Coaches Paul Dietzel and Charlie McClendon in its famed platoon offense, the starting “White Team”. He excelled in his athletic career as a running back, going on to participate in many victories, including the 1962 Orange Bowl against Colorado and the 1963 Cotton Bowl against the University of Texas. He also helped secure a victory for his team in the 1963 North-South College All Star Shrine game in Baltimore, Maryland. He was named as a potential All-American during his football career at LSU. Bo was also a proud member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity - Gamma Chapter.
Upon graduating from LSU in 1963, Bo declined several offers to play in the NFL. He briefly entered law school before joining the United States Air Force Reserves, where he trained as a medic. Bo served for 10 years at military bases including Lackland in San Antonio, Gunter in Montgomery, and Barksdale in Bossier City. During that time, Bo joined his father and mentor, Hugh Hansen, at Pioneer Bank & Trust in Shreveport. Pioneer Bank was founded by his father, Rupert Campbell, Sr.
As a banker, Bo presided over Pioneer Bank until 1995 when it was successfully merged with New Orleans based Hibernia Corporation. Bo was elected and served as Chairman of the Board at Hibernia until its merger with Capital One in 2005.
Bo went on to serve on the board at Capital One until his retirement. He then went on to jointly found several investment entities with his sons, Chip and Chris.
Bo was a tremendous advocate for the City of Shreveport and the State of Louisiana. He was very supportive of local businesses and eager to promote the community and its residents. Bo’s father, Rupert, was politically instrumental in getting the LSU system to open a secondary campus in Shreveport, which is now LSU Shreveport. Bo carried on that support in Baton Rouge, along with his family, as active members and donors to the Tiger Athletic Foundation and other LSU entities.
Throughout his life, Bo was honored with several distinguished honors and awards. He was honored with the naming rights for The E.R. “Bo” Campbell Auditorium, established as a Center of Academic Excellence for student athletes at the behest of former LSU football coach, Nick Saban. In 2003, Bo was inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Laureate as one of its Businessmen of the Year. And in 2017, The Campbell Society at LSU was named in honor of Bo, as he was the first former LSU athlete to contribute a substantial gift to the university in support of the athletic department and its student athletes. Along with the Anderson family, Bo was also instrumental in establishing and maintaining a humane and state of the art habitat for LSU’s famous live tiger, Mike.
Due to his successful football career at LSU, as well as his board position at Hibernia, Bo was well known and highly regarded in the State of Louisiana. He twice represented his state as king in the Washington DC Mardi Gras Celebration, an annual gathering of Louisiana citizens, business leaders, philanthropists, and politicians.
Throughout his life, Bo was happiest spending his time in the great outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing all over the world with his sons and friends. And he instilled in his daughter, Kathryn, a lifelong appreciation, and love for the warm waters of the Gulf Coast and the majesty of the Rockies.
Later in life, Bo enjoyed quiet times at the family farm, Cannisnia, south of Shreveport, which he built with his sons in 1995. Nothing soothed his soul more than riding his four-wheeler with his Labrador retrievers, pursuing all manners of waterfowl. He especially loved the quiet times with his children and grandchildren in deer stands and duck blinds where he was prone to dispense worldly and valuable life advice.
In a fitting tribute to his life, Cannisnia was recently sold to the Wetlands America Trust to eventually serve as the crown addition to the Red River National Wildlife Refuge in honor of Bo and his family.
Bo is survived by his son, Edward Rupert “Chip” Campbell III and wife, Kim; son, Christopher Greenwood Campbell, and wife, Bonnie; daughter, Kathryn Campbell Hyde, and husband, Brodie; son, Trey Michael Haverty and wife, Christy; sister, Genevieve Campbell Wagner; sister, Anna Claire Campbell Seymour, and husband, Ed; grandchildren Camille Campbell Latham, and husband, Hunter; Edward Rupert “Camp” Campbell IV and wife, Cassie; Christopher Greenwood Campbell Jr. and wife, Britta; Collier Coates Campbell and wife, Elizabeth; Caroline Campbell Burns and husband, Sam; William Augustus Campbell, Clarence Brodie Hyde IV, Campbell Kinloch Hyde, Hunter McDonough Hyde, Tripp Alexander Haverty, Blakely Ann Haverty; and great-granddaughter, Lily Kathryn Latham.
The family wishes to express the utmost appreciation and gratitude to the caregivers and friends who have lovingly dedicated themselves to his care and well-being these last few difficult years, particularly his loyal caregiver and friend, Andrew Lightburn. The family would also like to extend its gratitude to Dr. David Abdehou and all the staff and caregivers at the Montclair, including Rachel Powell, Lorraine Bendaw, and the ultimate “angels among us”: Stephanie Adams, Darlene Atkins, Roszena Bellows, Eartha Garner, and Lashelle Laneaux.
The family would also like to thank his many lifelong friends for their unwavering, loyal, compassionate, and dedicated presence throughout his life.
Bo’s three oldest children are especially grateful to their mother, Kay Kornrumph Redstone, for her memories and for her unrelenting strength, guidance, support, and love.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bo’s name to the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, 401 Edwards Street, Suite 105, Shreveport, Louisiana or the Alzheimer’s Association Louisiana Chapter, 831 King’s Highway #120, Shreveport, Louisiana 71104.
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