Townsend, William Cameron "Uncle Cam"
April 23, 1982
Cameron Townsend died after battling acute leukemia. In June 1934, Townsend, along with Leonard Livingston Legters, founded a linguistic training program for the purpose of promoting Bible translation among minority language groups. Named Camp Wycliffe in honor of the first scholar to translate the entire Bible into English, John Wycliffe, the program was based in an old abandoned farmhouse near Sulphur Springs (Benton County). The organizations Townsend founded continue to pursue the admonition engraved on his tombstone, located at the Jungle Aviation and Radio Service center in Waxhaw, North Carolina: “‘Dear Ones: by love serve one another. Finish the task. Translate the Scriptures into every language.’ —Uncle Cam.”