Former Campbell professor and esteemed scholar dies

Winston Salem, N.C. -Dr. Samuel Herbert Cockburn, former professor of Bible, Greek and Spanish at Campbell University, died Saturday, May 22, in Winston-Salem, N.C.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Cockburn taught at Campbell College during the formative years of 1963-1971. Born in 1916, Cockburn graduated from Toronto Bible College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Louisville, Ky. in 1945. He went on to receive a Doctor of Theology degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1949.

Passionate about spreading the gospel, Cockburn and his wife served as missionaries to Spain, Costa Rica and Argentina. He also held teaching positions in Argentina, where he was professor of New Testament, and Wake Forest University, where he served as Visiting Professor of Political Science. Additionally, Cockburn served as pastor of churches in Canada, the U.S., Argentina and Spain. Cockburn was also the originator of the Latin American Studies program at Campbell, 1968-1971, in which he accompanied as many as 100 students from Campbell and other colleges on a study tour of South American countries.

Cockburn was a longtime member of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church and the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma in Toronto and a lifetime member of the St. Andrew’s Society of the River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina.