Norman Helgeson

January 6, 1931March 20, 2014

Norman died March 20, 2014. Norm was raised in River Falls, WI. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. degree and served in the US Navy in Korea. He then received M.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin. Norm interned at the Detroit Receiving Hospital and completed his residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He and his family moved to Dallas in 1966 where he joined the Pathology Department at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Helgeson specialized in anatomical and clinical pathology and microbiology for 45 years. He had a love of teaching, reading, and all things academic. Norm was preceded in death by his wife, Mary H. Helgeson. He is survived by his daughter Sara Patterson and husband Michael of San Antonio; son, Matthew Helgeson of Dallas; grandsons Matthew and William Patterson of San Antonio; six nieces and nephews; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. Visitation will begin at 6:00 PM with Rosary at 7:00 PM on Monday, March 24 at Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home, 10501 Garland Rd., Dallas. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 25 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 6306 Kenwood, Dallas. Father John Libone will be the celebrant. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, 3900 Rowlett Rd., Rowlett. Memorials may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.


  • Visitation Monday, March 24, 2014
  • Rosary Monday, March 24, 2014
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Norman Helgeson

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April 4, 2014

There are so many wonderful memories of Dr. H for those of us who were privileged to know him personally and professionally as the pathologist at Gaston Episcopal Hospital. His sense of humor was contagious and everyone looked forward to his coming into the laboratory. He and I had friendly arguments about what constituted genuinely good classical music and art. He was more than a doctor. He was the genuine article. May he rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon him.

March 30, 2014

My sincere sympathy to the family for the loss of your dear loved one. May you find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2. Again my deepest sympathy.

Lisa Vargo

March 25, 2014

Sara, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. He and your mom were such wonderful people and were so welcoming when I would visit. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Leigh Peden Straughn

March 24, 2014

Sara, my dad, Jim Peden, saw the news about your father and passed it along to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Matt, your children and all the family. He was a special man.

Cathy Rafajko

March 24, 2014

Sara and Family,
My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Your dad sounds like an amazing man. Let me know if there is anything I can help you with when you return home.

March 23, 2014

Sara and Matt-I am so sorry about the loss of your father and friend to so many. The staff at Gaston Episcopal Hospital thought he was an excellent director and a wonderful person. We heard a lot about you when you were children. He was also my bacteriology instructor at Baylor. He ended each lecture with "any questions, comments, or rude gestures" I have forgotten most of the bacteriology but not his quote Sincere Sympathy Linda Bristow

Dixie Dellinger

March 23, 2014

Matt and Sara, your dad took the place of our beloved Micro director Dr. Haberman when he died in 1966. We were all sceptical of this young man, but he won us over with his gentleness and geniune interest in the lab. We all grew to love and respect him. He was a great teacher and his legacy will live on at Baylor.

March 23, 2014

Sara and Matt,
What a great man your father was; you two are walking testimonials to what a wonderful father he was. Glad he is at peace and back with his bride. Prayers for all of your families!
Suzanne Friend

March 22, 2014

Sara and Matt - Your deep loss is felt here in Maryland. Uncle Norm was one of the finest men I have ever known. I will dearly miss him, most especially his wacky Christmas Cards. Love,

Patti Beckert Camp
Walkersville, Maryland