Skip to main content

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the death of James R. “Jim” Campbell on February 9, 2007. Jim was a Trustee of the Clan Campbell Education Foundation, and a Trustee and Finance Committee Chairman of the Clan Campbell Society (North America). He was also the 73rd Chief of the New York Caledonian Club, the second-oldest Scottish organization in New York City. In addition, he was an active member of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York and various other Scottish organizations. Jim was actively involved in New York Tartan Week, having held several positions in the largest Tartan Day celebration in the world. He was recently elected the Chairman of the National Tartan Day New York Committee.


Jim will be remembered by all of us as an exceptional gentleman of great tact, diplomacy, graciousness, intelligence, and vision. We will miss him in the years to come. A memorial service was held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Friday, February 16, 2007. The funeral reflected Jim’s love of his Scottish heritage and his deep sense of the importance of inclusiveness. As per Jim’s wishes, there was not a wake prior to the funeral. His ashes will be interred at the Cathedral at some point in the near future.

Jim joined the Clan Campbell Society (North America) in 1995. After serving for a time as the New York City Commissioner, he was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2000, and reelected to the Board of Trustees in 2003 and 2006. Jim was appointed Finance Committee Chairman in 2002 and served until ill health forced his retirement from the Board of Trustees in 2006. Jim served under three different Clan Campbell Society Presidents and was always respected for his expertise and sage advice on a wide variety of issues. Jim was Vice President of Administration at MTA Long Island Bus, Garden City, New York. He joined the nation’s largest transportation organization in of November 1988 after previously working as a corporate human resources director in Fortune 100 companies.


He held a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston, attended Graduate School at Case Western Reserve University and studied at the Yale School of Organization and Management. He held the highest level of professional accreditation through the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Jim was a recipient of several community service awards and is of biographical reference in Marquis' Who's Who in America. Jim was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, active in several professional organizations and a member of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City.

"Jim will be fondly remembered by all of us as a gentleman of great tact, diplomacy, graciousness, warmth, and vision. We will miss him greatly in the years to come." George A. Campbell - 76th Chief New York Caledonian Club; CCSNA New York Deputy Commissioner

We can best remember Jim by carrying on in true Highland form. "So say we all..."

"Ne Obliviscaris"


Join Us!

Clan Campbell Society (N.A.)

Membership benefits include:

– A subscription to our award winning 60 page quarterly magazine, "The Journal"

– Research access to our 250,000 member genealogical database via our Genealogist

– You will receive a vote in the annual elections for members of the Clan Campbell Society (NA) Executive Council

– Special Member pricing on Clan Campbell merchandise

– News of Scottish events and Scottish Highland Games Calendar

– Periodic opportunities for Group Travel to Scotland

A subscription to a monthly eNewsletter with color pictures and events information

– Free entry to Cawdor Castle, ancestral home of the Earl Cawdor, during regular open times (with valid membership card)

– Free entry to Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll Chief of Clan Campbell, during regular open times (with valid membership card)

Membership is open to all Campbells, Campbell septs, those married to a Campbell or Campbell Sept, those descended from Clan Campbell, and to those interested in learning about the Clan Campbell, Scottish history and culture, and who acknowledge Mac Cailein Mòr as their Clan Chief, as he is the Chief of Clan Campbell, the greatest family in all of Scotland! (We're a "wee bit" biased.)

Remember, those who get the most out of being a member of the Clan Campbell Society... are those who participate. We welcome you as our kinsmen to join us in our many activities.

To become a member, simply complete the online Membership Application.