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Clifford William Campbell

Cliff Campbell is the third generation of Campbells who have lived in Toms River. He is also the third of his immediate family, following his son Bill and his sister Carolyn, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Born in Tuckerton in 1931, Cliff attended Toms River Schools from second grade through high school, graduating in 1948. While attending, he was a four-year member of the Student Council, served as its president and was elected Treasurer of the New Jersey High School Association of Student Councils. He was active in sports and was one of a few college prep students who took woodworking shop as an elective.

Cliff attended Duke University, Temple University, and the Institute of Production and Methods Analysis. His dad, who was a master carpenter, introduced the love of woodworking to Cliff, and Cliff was determined to become a builder. After working at Lakehurst Naval Air Station for two years as an architectural draftsman, Cliff became a partner in a building business working mainly on Long Beach Island. He worked for twentyfive years and built many of the more prestigious homes in the area. He was an active member of both the Beach Haven Exchange Club and the Southern Ocean Rotary Club. He participated in the NJ Shore Builders Association and also found time to establish the Manahawkin Indoor Tennis Center.

When Cliff was eight years old, his uncle Marvin Campbell bought him his first sailboat and Cliff fell in love with the water. Cliff won the first of many Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association Championships in 1949, his most recent in 1998. In 1966, he won the International Penguin Class Championship and in 1967 became the first New Jerseyan to win the coveted Clifford D. Mallory Trophy, indicative of the North American Men's Sailing Championship. He was also named Beachwood's Man of the Year for his accomplishments. Cliff continued racing and, with Dr. Britton Chance, participated in several Olympic campaigns. He competed internationally in Denmark and Sweden. While his children were growing up in Beachwood, Cliff was involved in the Beachwood Yacht Club and helped to promote the idea of sailing programs in the area.

Since retiring in 1980, Cliff has raced in various classes, both locally and in the Caribbean. In 1986, he and his wife, Mary Jo, won their class in Antigua Race Week and were voted Most Outstanding Yacht in a fleet of more than 200 yachts. That same year they won what is considered the "Grand Slam of Caribbean Yacht Racing" consisting of all the major regattas in the area, including the Rolex International Regatta. In 1993, the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association awarded Cliff the O. G. Dale Memorial Trophy for his outstanding sportsmanship and service to the sailing community. Recently, the Eastern E Scow Association honored Cliff for his contributions and dedication to the class. For the last 20 years, Cliff has served as a United States Sailing Association Senior Judge and Race Officer. In this capacity, and as a member of the Toms River Yacht Club, Cliff continues to serve as a mentor and example to many young sailors.


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