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July 2003 , Page 33 

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A life dedicated to Gideon

By Valerie Jonas, Beth Weitzner

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Louie Campbell was an appellate lawyer for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida. He died a year ago at the age of 49, after a lengthy fight against cancer. Louie fought his illness the way he battled other obstacles in his life: with commitment, courage and steadfast determination.

Louie was born in Lima, Peru — his father was a mining engineer there. Over the next 18 years, Louie, along with his 6 younger brothers and sister, lived in jungles and mining camps throughout Central America and Mexico. He attended a series of small, makeshift schools with the children of the campesinos. It was here, living and learning among the campesinos, that he grew to understand what it meant to be indigent and oppressed. Louie was a scholarly little boy, who read voraciously in a wide variety of subjects, in several different languages. As the eldest of seven children, living in a series of primitive settings, he grew up fast. By the age of 16, he was living by himself i

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