Frederick Campbell rescued Gloria J. Edwards from a runaway horse, Cypress Junction, Arkansas, January 12, 1936. A horse on which Gloria, 10, was riding ran toward a crossing on which a freight train was passing at a speed of 30 m.p.h., and Gloria called out that she could not manage it. At the crossing, the horse turned, jumped a cattle guard, and ran in the direction the train was running, five to six feet from the cars. Frederick, 12, schoolboy, rode a horse to the crossing, jumped the guard, and galloped after Gloria, traveling over somewhat rough ground, and overtook Gloria’s horse. While rounding a curve on rock ballast a half-mile from the crossing, Frederick’s horse, which was running near Gloria’s, stumbled. Out of control, his horse crossed an adjacent track and jumped a ditch. Frederick then turned his horse and rode rapidly to the side of Gloria’s horse, which was a foot from the cars, and with one arm he clasped Gloria around her back and pulled her from her horse. At that moment Gloria’s horse swung into a car, striking its head. It was instantly killed. Frederick reined in his horse, but he could not hold to Gloria. She slid to the ground but was not injured. 35311-2930
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Frederick “Rick” Campbell, 64, of Hot Springs, Ark., a businessman who helped organize Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, died on Jan. 21, 1986, at Little Rock Hospital.
Campbell, a longtime Little Rock resident, served as manager of communications for Blue Cross and Blue Shield until his retirement in 1978. Earlier, he was employed by Arkansas Medical Hospital Services Inc., the forerunner of Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Campbell was instrumental in the development of the state’s Medicare system.
At the time he retired, Campbell was managing communications, public relations, and advertising for the organization. Following his retirement, he was a consultant and manager for insurance reimbursement for Brookwood Recovery Centers, of Birmingham, Ala.
Born in Little Rock, Campbell attended Little Rock schools. He was also educated at Columbia Military Academy at Columbia, Tenn. He majored in business administration and marketing at the University of Arkansas, was a member of Sigma Chi, and served overseas as a pilot in World War II.
He was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church and a former executive secretary of the Arkansas Hospital Association. Campbell was president of the board of trustees of the Arkansas Regional Medical Group, the state chairman of the March of Dimes, and president of the Central Arkansas Pro-Am Golf Association.
He was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 1936 for rescuing a 10-year-old girl from a runaway horse near Cypress Junction, Ark.
Burial was in the Pinecrest Cemetery in Mobile, Ala.
(Edited from an obituary in the Arkansas Democrat, Jan. 23, 1986.)