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UMass trustee creates scholarship in honor of Krystle Campbell

UMass trustee Richard Campbell created a scholarship in the name of Krystle Campbell. They weren’t related.
UMass trustee Richard Campbell created a scholarship in the name of Krystle Campbell. They weren’t related.Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

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As news spread about the Boston Marathon bombing, Richard P. Campbell, a plain-spoken trial lawyer raised in Medford, was flooded with calls from friends. They all had the same question: Was Krystle Campbell, the 29-year-old woman killed in the attack, part of his family? Strictly speaking, she wasn’t.

But as new information drew a more complete picture of her life, he couldn't help but feel a certain kinship. They both grew up in Medford. They both went to Medford High School. And they both paid their way through UMass Boston. Campbell felt compelled to do something to honor her memory.

Campbell, a UMass system trustee, and his wife, Barbara, have donated $300,000 toward a scholarship at the school bearing Krystle’s name.

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