Monterey Campbell, a retired 2nd District Court of Appeal judge who practiced law in Polk County for nearly 65 years, died Saturday, two months shy of his 90th birthday.

“As a lawyer and a judge, he was dynamic,” said Oliver Green, a retired judge who had served with Campbell on the Lakeland-based appellate court. “He could untangle a can of worms as well as anybody I’ve ever seen, and he didn’t waste words. He would get right to the point, and we’d go on to something else. It was always a pleasure dealing with him.”

Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House when Campbell, known to friends as Monte or Buddy, graduated from the University of Florida’s law school in 1954, and he was admitted to the Florida Bar the following January.   He served  in the U.S. Air Force before embarking on a legal career that would span six decades and carry him well into his 80s.

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