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Dr. Connie Campbell, 1953-2019

CONWAY, Ark. (April 9, 2019) – The Hendrix community is saddened by the March 27 death of Dr. Constance L. Campbell, who retired from the Hendrix College Department of Theatre Arts and Dance in 2018 after 11 years with the department in both faculty and staff positions.

Campbell taught costume design and make-up to students, and spent several of her years at Hendrix as a visiting assistant professor of Theatre Arts and Dance. She also catalogued and organized the College’s collection of vintage clothing and costumes, a task for which she was featured in the Conway newspaper, The Log Cabin Democrat, in 2011.

“We will miss Connie’s intense determination, brilliant insight, and quirky, joyful sense of humor in our department,” said Professor Ann Muse, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

As part of her devotion to her craft, Campbell mentored students, accompanying several groups over the years to attend the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Conference and Stage Expo and to enter the competitions there.

She earned an MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in costume design/drama from the University of Georgia. Before her time at Hendrix, she taught at the University of Alabama, Prairie View A&M in Texas, Northwest Missouri State, and the University of Richmond.

“As deeply as Connie cared about her discipline and craft, she cared even more about her students,” said Dr. Deb Skok, an associate professor of history at Hendrix. “Her kindly and reassuring presence on campus will be profoundly missed.”

A memorial service is being planned; arrangements will be shared on the Hendrix Players Facebook page in the coming weeks.

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