Nan Campbell was born in Tacoma, Washington on July 7, 1926 to Eva Janet (Cook) and Edgar Manley Phelps. Campbell grew up in Seattle where she graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1945 and the University of Washington in 1949. While in college, she was an active member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. 
From 1982 to 1989, Campbell served two terms on the Bellevue City Council, supporting actions that benefited both the business community and residential neighborhoods. In 1988, her fellow council members elected her to become the city's first female Mayor. She retired from public office in 1990, but continued to be a champion for human services in Bellevue with organizations such as Bellevue YouthLink, United Way, and Youth Eastside Services (YES).
She died on November 19, 2013 at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, from injuries sustained as she escaped a fire in her apartment building two weeks earlier. She was 87 years old.
- "Nan Campbell Obituary". Legacy.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
- "City of Bellevue, Washington - Commendation of Nan Campbell, 2 December 2013" (PDF). City of Bellevue. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
- "Nan Campbell, Bellevue's first female mayor, dies after fire". Seattle Times. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
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