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Marianne Boggs Campbell | July 28, 1926 – Jan. 29, 2024

A tribute to a trailblazer

Marianne Boggs Campbell was among FAO’s earliest and most long-standing believers, givers and doers.

If you knew Marianne, you know of the countless lives and hearts she touched through her love, generosity and commitment to community. If you never had the pleasure of knowing Marianne, know that your life, your community and the lives of future generations of Appalachian Ohioans are better because of her. We carry forward her vision, her love and her legacy – today and always.

Marianne Boggs Campbell was a woman of many firsts – and a woman determined to ensure that there was a second, third, fourth, etc. Dedicated to the outcomes of every task, she was equally as dedicated to the growth and success of the individuals involved.

From birth, Marianne was a Child of Appalachia. Born and educated in Pittsburgh, Marianne found her way to Gallipolis in 1948 and spent the next 75-plus years seizing her moments of opportunity and creating mountains of opportunity for others.

She was a trailblazer – in her career and in her beloved Gallia County.

Marianne was instrumental in helping to establish WJEH-FM in Gallipolis, serving as general manager for 17 years and returning in her retirement years to host “Talk of the Town.” She was the first woman elected to the board of the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, the first to be elected director to the board of the National Association of Broadcasters and to the Radio Code Board, and the first woman to be president of the Broadcast Educators Association.

Marianne spent the second half of her career with Holzer Medical Center, where she helped establish its fundraising arm, known today as the Holzer Heritage Foundation.

Upon retiring, she jumped from career to community, becoming a full-time volunteer for the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce and the Community Improvement Corporation of Gallia County. She went on to become the first woman president of both organizations.

Marianne understood many people in our region faced barriers to opportunities. Her wisdom and her genuine love of people placed Marianne among FAO’s earliest supporters and one of our most steadfast champions and visionaries.

Marianne Boggs Campbell embodied FAO’s Child of Appalachia Award to the fullest. Here, she is pictured receiving the award in 2014 with FAO President and CEO Cara Dingus Brook, FAO Board member Nancy Lusk Zimpher and Mary Ann Jorgenson.

A founding FAO board member (1999-2010) and one of our first board chairs (2004-2006), Marianne left her mark across our region and on our organization. FAO awarded just a few thousand dollars in support annually during our earliest years, but that total topped $9.5 million in 2023, growth that can be attributed to the dedication of long-time leaders like Marianne. A brilliant marketing and communications professional, she even helped pen our first tagline, “Fostering Access to Opportunity,” and develop our award-winning I’m a Child of Appalachia® campaign.

Marianne was instrumental in founding FAO’s scholarship program and served as our first scholarship committee chair. Like all her other roles, she performed her duties as chair with immense energy and dedication, meticulously reviewing applications and working to ensure scholarship dollars were stretched as far as possible. She even called each scholarship recipient to congratulate them and encourage their future success.

Marianne shared FAO’s vision of ensuring every county in Appalachian Ohio be supported by a local community foundation and was an early champion for the creation of the Gallia Community Foundation. She also played a key role in establishing many local and regional endowments, including the Bill C. and Marianne B. Campbell Memorial Endowment Fund, which supports our work to remove barriers and create opportunities across our Pillars of Prosperity.

In 2014, FAO bestowed its highest honor – our Child of Appalachia Award – on Marianne in recognition of her lifetime commitment to serving others. She taught us how to live a life of joy and how to give deeply and fully.

Everything FAO’s community of givers has been – and will ever be – able to do for the people of Appalachian Ohio would not have happened without Marianne’s early and continuous leadership. Her generosity, as both a servant and a leader, has impacted the lives of all who call our communities home, today and forever. We are eternally grateful for and guided by our dear friend, our mentor, our Marianne.