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Brian Campf ’89

Born to Alan and Susan Campf, Brian grew up in Southwest Portland and graduated from Wilson High School. At Reed, he majored in political science and wrote his thesis, Plausible Denial and Covert Action, with Prof. Stefan Kapsch [political science 1974–2005] advising. He collected Reediana, everything from old photos of campus life to grand architectural plans of buildings that were never built on campus. After getting his law degree from Willamette University School of Law, he was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1992.

Brian had a distinguished career in law, working on important tobacco industry and product liability litigation. Passionate about his work, he found reward in being a plaintiff’s advocate. In 1997, he married Sandra Schmahmann, and the couple enjoyed traveling, entertaining, and the company of friends and family. For years the couple served as a “Reed family,” hosting international students and giving them a feeling of home in Portland.

With a deep love for and knowledge of Oregon sports history, Brian was a baseball scholar and a diehard Trail Blazer’s fan. He was photographed as a nine-year-old in the front row at the Trail Blazers championship rally at Terry Schrunk Plaza; the photo ran in Hoop magazine. He never forgot the 1976–1977 season, and pined for the next championship. Full of love and laughter, Brian had a great sense of humor and brought joy to those around him. He loved sharing a meal with friends at a new restaurant he’d discovered. Upbeat and optimistic, he believed in living life to its fullest, understanding the importance of being in the moment. His wife, Sandra Schmahmann; parents, Alan and Susan Campf; and brother Andrew survive him.

The photo printed in the March 2017 edition of the magazine incorrectly identifies the person pictured as Brian Campf ’89. We regret the mistake.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2017

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