Campbell was born in 1922 and died during World War II. His brief span of life - 22 years of growing up, school, athletics, and college - were lived as fully as any one could ever hope for. These were years of unmatched growth and superb performance. His zest for life, his enthusiastic approach to athletics, his courageous and inspirational leadership, his conscientious religious feeling, his sympathetic attitude toward his fellow man, and his charm, all contributed to making Tyler Campbell a truly remarkable man.
Tyler was an outstanding student at Gilman School in Baltimore and one of Gilman's finest athletes. He captained both the hockey and lacrosse teams, and gained All-Maryland distinction in both sports. He also found time for many extracurricular activities -- sports editor of the Gilman News, head of the Athletic Council, associate editor of the yearbook, and president of the school. He received the Fisher Medallion for having rendered the greatest service to Gilman.
From Gilman to Princeton, the transition was just another step up the ladder. At Princeton, he captained the freshmen and then the varsity lacrosse team, Campbell earned first team All-America honors in 1941 and 1942. He was also a first line varsity hockey player. He was president of the Varsity Club, a member of the Undergraduate Council, the Honor Committee, the Student Faculty Association, and an officer of the Princeton Engineering Society. Though Tyler achieved All-American honors as a goalie, his greatest satisfaction was scoring the winning goal as an attackman against Army in 1940.
Campbell left Princeton in June, 1942 to enlist in the Mountain Infantry. He became second lieutenant in January, 1943, and was promoted to captain in June, 1944 as a direct recognition of his superior combat leadership. Less than three months later, on September 21, 1944, he was killed by machine gun fire while leading his company up a heavily wooded hill.