September 1997

Richard L. Campbell

by Joseph H. RADDER

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CPA and attorney Richard L. Campbell attributes his success to hard work and the willingness to get involved. At the youthful age of 54, he shows no signs of slowing down his 70-80 hour work week. As he says, "There's just too much I love to work on."

Born and raised on a dairy farm in Akron, NY, he is serving his second term as Chairman of the Board for the Erie County Agricultural Society which oversees the Fair as well as the Agri-Center and Buffalo Raceway. Active with the Fair since 1975 when he audited the gates and finances, Richard was elected to the Board in 1983. As Chairman he also continues to work as Director in charge of Security, Concessions and Admissions.

His community involvement doesn't end with the Fair. He served as Newstead Town Justice for 13 years and was Councilman for 2 years. He also is past President and a charter founder of the Akron Rotary, a member of the Jaycees and is a leader at St. Theresa's Church in Akron.

Richard and his wife, Betty, raised four children and still live on the farm on which he grew up. As he said, "For a farm boy, I think I've done pretty good." Those who have known and worked with him would tend to agree.

Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.


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