|Saint Simon the Cyrenian Episcopal Church||
Feature Article from The Cyrenian parish newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 2
Adelaide Summers Campbell
Adelaide Campbell is the third of seven children born to Uriah E. and Lillian Summers of Larchmont, New York. She received her elementary education at Chatsworth Avenue School and graduated from Mamaroneck High School where she was very active in sports, music and a member of the glee club.
Adelaide became well trained in typing and bookkeeping and in 1942, armed with these skills, she moved to Washington, DC, where she began her career in payroll and other departments of the United States Government. While working in the Department of Defense, she received further training on administration procedures at Fort Lee, VA, and made a steady rise in service and responsibilities. She remained with the Defense Department for twenty-one years.
In 1963, Mrs. Campbell returned to New York with her family and transferred to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, a division of the Department of State. She served under several U.S. ambassadors including George Bush and the late Adlai Stevenson.
Adelaide retired from the Mission in 1973 but she was often called back for General Assembly Sessions in New York City between 1973 and 1979 and was sent to Geneva, Switzerland, where she attended the Law of the Sea Conference in 1979.
After retiring from government service, Adelaide worked part time as a word processing staff member for the Pepsi Cola Company in Purchase, New York. She remained there for six years and then took a part time position as clerk/bookkeeper for Employee Plan Administration Inc., a private firm in Scarsdale, NY.
Also, Mrs. Campbell was the Parish Secretary for Church of the Ascension in Mount Vernon, for many years.
Mrs. Campbell has been a constant, faithful member of St. Simon the Cyrenian Church from childhood. Upon her return from Washington D.C., she served during the 1970's as part-time Church Secretary and Treasurer. She has enjoyed a very active and happy church life. Her energy and ambition have enabled her to accept more than her share of responsibility in various activities and functions of the church. This also attests to the fact that she loves the Lord, and loves her church.
Adelaide married Arthur B. Campbell of Christiansburg, Virginia, and had two sons, Arthur, Jr. and Charles, who were acolytes in the church. Charles was also a member of the choir. Her husband and sons have passed on but her daughter-in-law Peggy and grand children Arthur Bennett III and Robyn Noelle visit her regularly. During their visits, they worship with her at St. Simon’s.