Stu Campbell’s defining quality was his ability to connect to people. While you were talking to him, it was as if you were the only person in the room.
There was the other stuff, too, of course. Stu, SKI Magazine’s longtime instruction editor and ski test team member, who died in December at age 65, was probably the preeminent instructor in America, for one thing. Anyone who ever took a lesson from him never forgot him—or his advice—and he was still out there teaching until very near the end. But even that was just another facet of the man, a born-and-bred Vermonter. He was also an organic gardening expert before it was cool. He lived in an energy-efficient underground house before most had even heard of global warming. He consulted on ski design and testing, wrote more than a dozen books, ran ski schools and resorts and helped build a hell of a golf course near his Stowe, Vt., home.
But it was always Stu’s personal touch—his wit, wisdom and kindness—that set him apart. At his memorial service at Stowe Community Church, and later over beers up at Charlie B’s, friends rose one after another to speak of how Stu touched their lives—perhaps his finest legacy.
Stuart Duncan Campbell lived life the way he skied: purposefully, joyfully and with absolute grace. We at SKI are saddened by the loss of our longtime colleague and friend. And we’re grateful for and proud of his contributions to these pages. He’ll be deeply missed and fondly remembered.
- SKI MAGAZINE, MARCH/APRIL 2009