Museum greeter, longtime Liberty supporter honored for years of service
|Dave Campbell recently retired after serving as a greeter in the Jerry Falwell museum for nine years. On Nov. 1, he was honored during a special reception.|
Dave Campbell is not only a familiar face to thousands who have walked through the doors at Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell Museum, but he has been a mentor, recruiter, athletics booster, and trusted friend.
For the past nine years, Campbell has faithfully served as the greeter at the museum, located off the Grand Lobby of Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center, keeping Liberty founder Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr.’s memory alive by guiding guests through the history of Falwell’s life.
Campbell retired on Thursday, Nov. 1 with several of his family members, friends, and colleagues gathering in the museum to honor him for his hard work and dedication to the university.
At the celebration, Campbell said one of the most pleasant memories he is taking with him is when Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. asked him to work for the museum, a 70th birthday present to his father in 2003. Before the opening day, he called Campbell and asked him for his help.
|Campbell, a huge Flames sports fan, meets with Turner Gill, Flames football head coach.|
“I told him, ‘I want to do anything to keep (your) daddy’s legacy going, I’ll be right there,” Campbell said, and started the job four days later.
Campbell, who calls Falwell, Sr. his best friend, has a deep love for Liberty and the people here. Born and raised in Lynchburg, Campbell is a WWII veteran. He worked in banking for 41 years and in the hotel business for 12 years before starting at Liberty.
Campbell’s daughter, Sherry Callahan, thanked the Liberty family for the support they have given her father as an employee.
“Daddy is such a people-person. This job was perfect for him,” she said.
Falwell, Jr. honored Campbell for his service to Liberty. In a letter he wrote to Campbell, he said “he has not been just an employee — he has been a friend to all who come through these doors.”
“He has been our No. 1 recruiter. Many parents and students alike have made the decision to attend Liberty University because of something Dave Campbell has said,” Falwell, Jr. continued.
|Campbell greets visitors during a 2008 tour in the museum.|
Campbell was presented a clock as a gift.
“This represents how fast time has flown these last years and how valuable every minute of time we had with you is to us. We will miss your daily presence here but we are going to count that you will continue to give advice,” Falwell said.
Terry Falwell, community liaison for the Visitor’s Center and a lifetime friend of Campbell’s, remembered when, as a child, he was a bat-boy and Campbell coached baseball. Their love for sports, Liberty, and each other has kept them close in life. Campbell and Terry Falwell both started the Flames Club at Liberty and attend games together.
“He really is special and it has been great for the university to have him around,” Terry Falwell said.