The Floating Hospital has sustained its mission for nearly 160 years because of the committed, open-hearted people on our team.
Carol Campbell, our former Foundation Board Chair, who passed away last month, was all in on The Floating Hospital’s mission. After hearing one of our patients speak at the hospital’s 2015 summer benefit, she implored a friend, a Floating Hospital employee, saying, “Tell me what I can do, how I can help — I’ll do anything.” Carol joined the foundation board, and during her first year, she helped shape it by tapping into her significant network of colleagues and resources. When the opportunity to be board chair arose, she jumped at it; as her devotion to The Floating Hospital’s mission grew, she mobilized people and groups to expand our programs and support our patients.
Carol was beloved by colleagues and friends who remember her for being full of life, for her wicked sense of humor, her love of animals, her magnetism with people, and her dogged pursuit of success. Her partner of many years, Malcolm Tulloch, observed that difficulties and roadblocks inspired rather than defeated her—not finding a way forward wasn’t an option.
“Carol would embrace problems as a way of dealing with them. She was very generous with her time, money, and affection. She was very positive, switched on, and aware of other people.”
In memory of her life and the life she brought to those around her, colleagues, former colleagues and loved ones share their reflections.
“Carol was one of the first people I met when I joined the board at The Floating Hospital. Her openness and her dedication were inspiring. It was a joy to work with her—she is sorely missed.”
— Joan Brancaccio, Foundation board co-chair & treasurer
“Carol was the most vibrant, charming, warmest, and generous person I’ve had in my life. She was the quintessential New Yorker: connected to everyone! She was my go-to person for where to get my hair highlighted, cut, or my eyebrows, to name a few. But, what I loved most about her was her generous spirit and love of The Floating Hospital. She was the one who brought me onto the board because her enthusiasm was contagious.”
— Charlene Prounis, Foundation board member, marketing committee chair
“Carol had a wonderful sense of humor and often used it to diffuse difficult or unpleasant situations. On one memorable occasion, we were on a plane, exhausted from a grueling business trip. Carol opened one of those crazy catalogs in the seat’s back pocket. The items struck a funny bone, and we giggled like schoolchildren the whole flight home. We would remind ourselves of that catalog when we needed a laugh, which was often—it worked every time.”
— Richard Porter, President, InPickleball magazine, marketing committee member