Roald Fay Campbell, 82, prominent American educator, died Sept. 16, 1988, in Bannock Regional Medical Center, Pocatello, Idaho, after a heart attack. He and his wife, Margaret, were visiting relatives in Aberdeen, Idaho.

Campbell was considered one of America's senior statesmen in the area of educational administration. He had been superintendent of the Preston, Idaho, school district from 1933 to 1941 and was later a professor and administrator at the University of Utah, Ohio State University and the University of Chicago. He served as chairman of the department of education and dean of the Graduate School of Education at the Chicago university.Although he retired in 1970, he remained active in education, serving first as professor at Ohio State until 1975, then returning to Utah as adjunct professor of educational administration.

He was directing a program for new school superintendents at the time of his death and was active in the movement to strengthen training programs for potential teachers.

Campbell began his career in Idaho rural schools after attending Idaho Technical Institute (Idaho State University). He filled a 30-month mission in Texas-Louisiana for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that included educational assignments in Texas rural schools. He returned to attend Brigham Young University to complete studies for his bachelor's and master's degrees. He later earned a doctorate in education from Stanford University.

He was a prolific writer on education, helping to shape current thought on education administration. With three other authors, he was completing the sixth revision of a basic textbook on the subject. He recently completed a history of the deans of education at the U., which is ready for publication. He also wrote family biographies, including the life story of his pioneer grandfather, Lewis Dunbar Wilson, his father, Ulysses Fay Campbell, and his wife, Della Jones Campbell. He also wrote his autobiography reflecting his years in education and titled "The Making of a Professor."

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Holladay 1st Ward chapel, 4568 Holladay Blvd. Friends may call at 3401 S. Highland Dr. from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and at the church an hour before the service. The family suggests contributions to the U.'s Roald F. Campbell and Della Jones Campbell Fellowship Fund. Burial will be in Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. (See obituary on page B5.)