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OBITUARY

Dr. Robert Meredith Helm Jr.

February 19, 1917September 25, 2019

Dr. Robert Meredith Helm was predeceased by his parents Mary Alma Jones Helm and Robert Meredith Helm; also a sister, Dorothy Paige Helm, who died as an infant before Bob was born. He is survived by his spouse Carol Jester Helm of the home, and a stepson, Jonathan Dinkins of Clemmons, sisters-in-law Susie Hoots and Dottie Cockerham (Mickey), and two brothers-in-law, Randy Jester and Jerry Jester. Dr. Helm received a BA from Wake Forest University in 1939, followed by an MA and pHD from Duke University. He started his teaching career at Wake Forest University in 1940. Drafted into the United States Army in 1941, he served to the rank of Major in the US Army and Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves. He was the proud recipient of the Patriotic Civilian Service Award, the Decorated Army Commendation Medal in 1979, and the Army Meritorious Service Medal in 1989. The Patriotic Civilian Service Award is the highest award the US Army bestows on and individual. His teaching career spanned sixty-three years. In addition to Wake Forest, his teaching career includes classes taught at Salem College and The North Carolina School of the Arts. Throughout his career he was involved in many activities, which enabled him to deliver philosophical papers on five continents. He authored and co-authored several books during his tenure at Wake Forest and truly felt that the faculty had bestowed on him every honor it could bestow on a colleague. The following words are a direct quote of his regarding this: “When I became a student at the ‘old campus’ at the age of eighteen, I found myself in an environment so classically and romantically attuned to my idealized image of a college, that I have never been able to break the bond that holds me to Wake Forest. Now, more than six decades later, I still feel a deep sense of pride in the intellectual integrity that is its historic heritage, the beauty of a campus that I have known from its beginnings, and the richness of a spirit that draws its strength from the dedication of generations of faculty and students.” A word of thanks should also be given to the Gene Worrell family for their generosity in his honor and the Retired Major General Richard Beale family for playing the instrumental part in the Robert M. Helm Scholarship Fund for ROTC students at Wake Forest University. A memorial service is planned at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 520 Summit Street, Winston Salem, NC 27101 for Monday, September 30 at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Second Harvest Food Bank, 3655 Reed Street, Winston Salem NC 27199 or to the Robert M. Helm Leadership Scholarship Fund, Wake Forest University, PO Box7227, Winston Salem, NC 27106 .

  • FAMILY

  • Carol Jester Helm, Wife
  • Jonathan Dinkins, Stepson
  • Susie Hoots, Sister-in-law
  • Dottie (Mickey) Cockerham, Sister-in-law
  • Randy Jester, Brother-in-law
  • Jerry Jester, Brother-in-law
  • DONATIONS

  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Robert M. Helm Leadership Scholarship Fund

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, September 30, 2019

Memories

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Bill Blackburn

September 27, 2019

I've known Bobby since I was a kid in the early 60's and remember playing with his train set at his mountain house near West Jefferson. When my parents divorced in the 60's, he and his mother were very kind to us and he became a dominant male presence in my life until I went off to college. While we drifted apart some when I was in college and lived on the coast, it was an easy relationship to start again when we moved back to WS. Bob was a dear friend to our family for many years and I will always cherish our visits in the last couple of years. Jim and I visited with him in 2018 when I guess he was 101 years old and he had a better mind, a better memory, and a sharper wit than I will ever have. The world is a better place for having Bob around for so many years. Love to you always Bob!

Margot Lobree

September 27, 2019

One time when I was giving a presentation on the holocaust, Dr Helm was present. At the end he authenticated everything I had said, adding some of his own visual experiences while stationed in Europe during the second world war. I have always been very grateful for his words and his presence.
Dr. Helm I saw you almost every morning very energetically striding by my house, always with a "hello" and a smile. You will be missed. Rest in Peace

jim blackburn

September 27, 2019

I last saw Bobby when he came to Raleigh the evening of May 4 to participate in my son Jeff's engagement party, He was dapper, in good spirits, the same as he has always been throughout his remarkable life.

I first met Bobby when I was four years old in the winter of 1948 on the old campus of Wake Forest. Our families became great friends, many dinners in Raleigh and ultimately moved to Winston Salem in the summer of 1956, when Wake Forest moved west.

He was the most remarkable person I ever met. About a year and a half ago, I visited with him and my younger brother Bill at his home in Winston. While walking in his back yard, he stopped and told me how much he cherished our friendship. And I told him likewise for sure.

The world was a far better place for his having been in it for such a brief time, and Heaven is a far better place with him there now.

Darlene & Jerry Pruitt

September 26, 2019

A shining light in our community whom we will never forget.

Doianne Spainhower

September 26, 2019

Bob was one of the sweetest man I have ever met always so gentle voiced and always happy, such a loss

Doianne Spainhower

September 26, 2019

Bob was one of the sweetest man I have ever met always so gentle voiced and always happy, such a loss