Thomas Robert Hellier PHD
Tom was one of the best human beings I have ever had the privilege to know. He inspired me when I was his student, not only as a teacher and as a scientist, but as a man. He is missed very much.
Michael L. Moeller, MS, PhD
Dr. Hellier, was on my mind, today, and I was saddened to find his obituary on the internet. I recalled my classes in Invertebrate Bio, Ichthyology, and Limnology and the numerous hours spent with him in labs and field activities. I was in the first group of Phi Sigma initiates, and for a while he was my graduate committee chairman. Under his mentorship my education provided me the opportunity to work in fisheries research, environmental studies, then 26 yrs teaching Biology and the Physical Sciences.
During one field trip to Port Aransas in the mid-1970s our group was walking down the jetty. He stopped, climbed down the granite rip rap, and stopped by a teenage girl. He reached down and untied a fish stringer with several fish on it from the young ladies ankle, and retied it to something else. He then took the next moments to explain to her that he had seen very large sharks swimming right where her stringer was, and to imagine what might happen if a shark grabbed her stringer of fish. This was about the time the movie "Jaws" came out. The girl was so appreciative.
He was a sincere and conscientious educator in and out of the classroom. His life enriched mine, and I thank you for sharing him with me. His memory and teaching lives on, in me and my thousands of students.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
I am so sorry for you loss, I enjoyed Dr. Hellier when he was still attending UTA events.
Dr. Hellier was a remarkable scoutmaster. I know. I was one of his scouts in Troop 390. Dr. Hellier was the best.
I am now a scoutmaster, and I try to model myself after Dr. Hellier.
Dr. Hellier opened the door to my 30+ year career in the Water Industry which allowed me to serve others and provide for my family. I'm certain that he touched many, many other's lives in a similar manner. Peace and blessings to his family.