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Founder of FMU’s speech-language pathology program dies

December 31, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. — Francis Marion University is mourning the loss of Willa Alfreda “Freda” Campbell-Wilson, the director of FMU’s new speech-language pathology program.

Campbell-Wilson died on Dec. 25 following a lengthy illness.

Campbell-Wilson joined Francis Marion in 2017 as the program’s initial director. She helped plan and develop the program and supervised the admission of the first class. The first class matriculated in August 2018.

FMU President Fred Carter said that Campbell-Wilson made a notable impact at FMU during her short time at the university.

“The university deeply mourns the passing of Dr. Campbell-Wilson,” Carter said. “Freda established our speech-language pathology program. She developed the curriculum, hired the founding faculty and designed the instructional and clinical areas. She also played an instrumental role in selecting the first class.

“Although she was ill during much of this process, she reminded us continually that her work was the ultimate therapy. Appropriately enough, that work now stands as an enduring legacy that will benefit thousands of practitioners, students and patients in the decades ahead.”

A service for Campbell-Wilson is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Triumph Missionary Baptist Church in Washington, N.C.

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