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Born in Everett, Massachusetts, Richard J. Campana (1918-2005) received a BSF from the University of Idaho in 1943. Campana then served as a surgical technician in the U.S. Army, and earned a Bronze Star award during WWII after being held as a prisoner of war (1943-1946). After the war, Campana earned an MS in Forestry from Yale University in 1974 and a Ph.D. in Forest Pathology in 1952. Soon after, Campana began his professional study and observation of Dutch Elm Disease

In 1958, Campana came to the University of Maine as the head of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. He held this position for 10 years, while simultaneously continuing his research for the prevention of Dutch Elm Disease. In 1984, Campana was awarded the University Presidential Achievement Award. In 1985, he retired as a professor emeritus and was inducted into the Idaho Alumni College of Fame and was elected a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society. Campana was also honored by the University of Maine for successfully saving an elm tree with Dutch Elm Disease on campus besides Hitchner Hall. Today the tree is named Campana Elm.

Publication Date



Education, Forestry


Plant Pathology | Plant Sciences | United States History

Size of Collection

7 boxes

Dates of Collection

1937-1989, bulk 1970-1985

Manuscript Number

UA RG 0011.041

Campana, (Richard J.) Papers, 1937-1989