We at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics were saddened to hear of the passing of Max M. Kampelman on January 25, 2013. Ambassador Kampelman was a diplomat and a scholar.
His wide-ranging interests included Judaica and Holocaust studies. As a participant in a World War II research study on long-term starvation, he was interested in the intersection of bioethics with foreign policy and international affairs. Later he would share this interest with his friend and colleague R. Sargent Shriver at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Kampelman.
With his wife Marjorie Beutow Kampelman, Mr. Kampelman established an interdisciplinary book and journal collection in Jewish ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics in 1983. The Max M. and Marjorie B. Kampelman Collection of Jewish Ethics — a special collection of the Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University containing nearly 2,000 books and journals — is open to the public by appointment. We will sorely miss Mr. Kampelman’s guidance, generosity, and sagacity.