July 15, 1928 – May 12, 2016
Interior designer Virginia “Gina” Klopp Campbell, who founded her own firm and donated designer rooms for the Decorator Show House sponsored by the Junior League of Buffalo, died May 12 in Vero Beach, Fla, after battling complications from kidney failure. She was 87.
Born in Buffalo, Mrs. Campbell grew up in Derby, graduating from Jerusalem Corners Union School and Buffalo Seminary before attending Elmira College.
At one time, she wrote a column for the society page of The Buffalo Evening News, but her passion for design led her to found Chez Hazard Interiors. Throughout her career, she donated a number of designer rooms for the Decorator Show House.
She served on the board of directors for the Garret Club. She also was active with the Josephine Goodyear Foundation, the Members Gallery Committee at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the Women’s and Men’s Board of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mrs. Campbell and her husband, Hazard Knox Campbell, spent summers in Fishers Island, N.Y., for 46 years. They moved to Vero Beach, Fla., 18 years ago.
A lifelong athlete and sports enthusiast, she enjoyed tennis, golf and skiing, and was an accomplished fisher and hunter. She and her husband traveled the world pursuing those and other activities.
She was a member of the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club, Craig Burn Golf Club, Fishers Island Club and John’s Island Club.
In addition to her husband of 64 years, Mrs. Campbell is survived by a daughter, Melissa Campbell England; two sons, Hazard Jr. and Benjamin; four grandchildren, and two stepgrandchildren.
Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. June 10 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave.