Oxford Museum honors Campbells for service

Stuart Parnes, left, president of the Oxford Museum, and Tot O’Mara, right, chairman of the Hanks Award Committee, present Tom and Susan Campbell with the Douglas Hanks Jr. Award in recognition of the couple’s exceptional contributions to the preservation of Oxford’s history and heritage.

OXFORD — At the annual meeting of the Oxford Museum on July 26, the Douglas Hanks Jr. Award was presented to Tom and Susan Campbell of Oxford.

The award is presented annually in recognition of exceptional contributions to the preservation of Oxford’s history and heritage.

This year, the award recognized the Campbells for their contributions to one of Oxford’s oldest industries, the building and care of boats, in addition to their volunteer activities serving on town boards and organizations.

Tom Campbell has spent his life building boats. Beginning at Don Lowery’s boat shop, he started a hands-on education in the fine art of boat design and construction. To keep up with commissions to build larger and larger boats, he first rented space at Shaw’s boatyard on Town Creek and later purchased the property that became the first Campbell’s Boat Yard.

The yard at Bachelor Point soon followed, and 15 years ago, they added Jack’s Point to the Campbell enterprises.

In addition to their contributions to the economy of Oxford, the Campbells serve the town directly. Susan Campbell is a member of the Oxford Board of Appeals and has served as president of the Oxford Business Association. Her efforts promoting the fence auctions, Fourth of July celebrations and Christmas Trees on Town Creek have gone far to help promote tourism.

Tom Campbell continues to serve as a port warden.

The annual presentation of the Hanks Preservation Award is part of the Oxford Museum’s efforts to encourage the preservation of Oxford’s cultural heritage.

For more information on the award or the Museum, visit the website www.oxford museummd.org or visit in person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Mondays, at the museum’s home on 101 S. Morris St., Oxford.

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