Former Benedictine professor, dean of faculty dies after battling Alzheimer's

Former Benedictine professor, dean of faculty dies after battling Alzheimer's
January 7, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Marvin Edwin Camburn, a popular professor and administrator at Benedictine University until his retirement in 2003, died on January 3 in Scottsdale, Ariz. following a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 70. Camburn was born in Stockbridge, Michigan in 1938 to Gertrude and Harmon Camburn. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College, master’s degrees from the University of Detroit and Benedictine University (then Illinois Benedictine College), and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Camburn was named Dean of Faculty and Instruction at Benedictine in 1978. He also served as a professor in the Business Administration program and chair of the Division of Business and Health Administration. He resided in Lisle during his tenure at Benedictine. Camburn was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2004 and moved to Arizona a year later. He completed more than 20 paintings of Arizona landscapes prior to his death. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joyce; sons Eric (Jami) and Stephen (Michelle); grandchildren Lorin, Connor, Kayla, Nicole and Kadin; brothers William and Robert; and sister Patricia Camburn Behnke. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Donald. “His ashes will be scattered in the Arizona mountains that he so loved to paint,” said Phyllis Kittel, Vice President Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty Emeritus at Benedictine University. “His sense of the color and form of the mountains was pretty incredible. He was able to paint until the end.” A memorial service will be held in Phoenix, Ariz. in June. Memorials may be made to the art program at the Via Linda Senior Center in Scottsdale.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.