Terry Campbell Memorial Fund
The Terry Campbell Memorial Scholarship was established in 2022 in honor of Terry’s support of and contributions to NEWEA by awarding an annual scholarship to college students who have demonstrated a commitment to the environment. In recognition of Terry’s roots in and love for Maine, the scholarship will be awarded each year to a deserving student from Maine who is studying either civil or environmental engineering at the University of Maine Orono, Terry’s alma mater.
For information on how to apply for the scholarship, please refer to the NEWEA Scholarships page.
Born in Bath, Maine on Dec. 21, 1942, Terry spent his early years in Wiscasset, and graduated from Wiscasset Highschool in 1961. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1965 with a degree in Civil Engineering, and received his Master’s degree from Northeastern University in 1967.
Following his graduation from Northeastern, Terry received a commission as a Lieutenant Junior Grade officer in the United States Public Health Service in Atlanta with the Safe Drinking Water Program, concentrating on Water Supply and Sea Resources. After two years of service, he was employed by Dow Chemical Company, working on issues caused in the Great Lakes by phosphorus from wastewater treatment plants.
Terry later turned his skills from engineering to treatment systems, working for a variety of companies, including Union Carbide, Metcalf & Eddy, Woodard and Curran, and Stearns & Wheler. In 2007, then-Governor John Baldacci appointed Terry to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) as one of the Commissioners from Maine, a post he held for six years.
Terry was a lifetime member of several environmental organizations, including the Water Environment Foundation (WEF) and the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA). In 2010 NEWEA recognized his contributions by presenting him with the 2009 Clair N. Sawyer Award for outstanding service to the wastewater industry. This award was especially meaningful to Terry. Not only had he used Dr. Sawyer’s textbook when he was a student, but when he was involved in the EPA’s Technology Transfer program at Dow Chemical, he had the opportunity to speak at a conference with Dr. Sawyer.Terry was also a charter member of the 5S Society (the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers), and always made sure to wear his shovel pin at wastewater conferences and meetings. He was a faithful attendee at the 5S lunch at the NEWEA Annual Conference, where he allegedly voted for everyone who was nominated for a shovel.
In addition to his “day job,” Terry loved building Legos, taking photographs of Maine wildflowers, and hiking with his wife Anne Wright, whom he met at the 1999 Maine Wastewater Control Association conference in Sugarloaf.