MEMPHIS, Tennessee - July 27, 2016 - Former president and longtime Ducks Unlimited volunteer leader Hazard Campbell died in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday. Campbell was 87 years old.
"An international ambassador for philanthropy, Hazard Campbell cut a path for future volunteer leaders of Ducks Unlimited to follow. He was more than just a great mentor to me, he was a hero for conservation," said Mike Woodward, chairman of DU's National Development Committee and Campbell's longtime friend and hunting companion.
An ardent supporter of DU, Campbell was a great leader during his tenure with the organization, which began in 1956. Campbell was involved in almost every aspect of Ducks Unlimited. His early contributions to DU included service as western New York chairman, and as a national trustee. He also founded the first DU Canada (DUC) chapter in 1974.
Later, he served as DU Atlantic Flyway regional vice president, member of DU Canada's board of directors and Atlantic Flyway senior vice president. He was also a member of Wetlands America Trust (WAT) and served as WAT president from 1991 to 1993. From 1986 to 1987 Hazard served as president of Ducks Unlimited Inc. and subsequently served as board chairman. Campbell also represented DU by delivering a speech at the U.S. Interior Department's reception commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Federal Duck Stamp program in 1984, and attended a White House Rose Garden ceremony with President Ronald Regan.
Campbell most recently served as an emeritus trustee of Wetlands America Trust, the DU Inc. emeritus board, DUC board, and DUC Habitat and Conservation Committee. He was also on the board of directors of the Waterfowl Research Foundation, a private foundation that funds DU's continental conservation work. Through all these efforts, he devoted thousands of hours to wetlands and waterfowl conservation.
"Hazard was a lifelong conservationist and a great friend of DU's throughout his illustrious volunteer career with the organization," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "His contributions to habitat restoration and waterfowl will forever be remembered and enjoyed by future generations."
Campbell was the chairman of the Seymour H. Knox foundation and a lifelong member of the historic Turkey Point Company, one of the oldest duck hunting clubs in Canada. Several members of the Campbell and Knox families are currently major donors and sponsors of DU.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13.6 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.