Ronald Campbell (1883-1953)
Ronald Hugh Campbell, CMG
Born in London, the son of a diplomat of Scottish origin, Campbell was educated at Haileybury and followed his father into the Diplomatic Service in 1907. He became private secretary to the foreign secretary in 1919 and holds the post until 1920. He then remains in the Foreign Office in London, working in a variety of posts and reaching the rank of counsellor in 1928. In 1929, he is appointed envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary in Paris (he speaks fluent French), frequently acting as chargé d’affaires in the ambassador’s absence.
Very patient, unruffled, unassuming, calm, precise and painstaking, always impeccable in his appearance, Campbell is the very epitome of the British diplomat. He is also well-endowed with common sense, has a sense of humour and is surprisingly persuasive in a gentle way. For relaxation he is fond of fishing and carpentry, and is a highly-skilled cabinet maker. He has been married to the charming and vivacious Helen Graham since 1908 and they have a son, Robin, and a daughter. Campbell is a member of the Turf Club and of St James' Club. When in England, he lives at 8 Sumner Place, South Kensington, London SW7.