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Rugby mourns the death of Bill Campbell (1940-2016), one of the founders of Old Blue RFC, New York. Campbell enjoyed a highly successful business career at J. Walter Thompson, Apple, and Intuit, where he served as chairman.

A 1962 Columbia University graduate, Campbell played on the college’s only gridiron squad that tied for the Ivy Championship. Later, he coached football at Columbia before beginning a career in marketing and management.

He and a small group of Columbia graduates formed the first rugby side at Columbia, playing for the university until, a few years later, they started Old Blue RFC. The Old Blue dominated eastern rugby for decades.

Campbell gave generously to his alma mater, including a field/stadium dedicated to rugby and soccer, and a training facility.

He was modest about his significant business achievements, and acted as mentor to many.