I was deeply saddened to read of Dr. Helgeson's passing. Dr. Helgeson and I both arrived at The Ohio State University in 1968, and I had the great fortune to be his advisee and student in the undergraduate Biology Education program. He shaped my philosophy of education, and he taught me how to teach science, which I first used as a 7th grade life science teacher and now use as a college professor. Dr. Helgeson supported me throughout my career as he was a dedicated educator and mentor. I give my sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
Dr. Helgeson was my Ph.D. advisor at Ohio State. A great person, science educator, and mentor. You are missed.
Sue and family,
I did compose and send some of my memories of Stan to you a few weeks ago. But this is such a nice wonderful way to assemble comments from the variety of people that knew Stan and Sue in many different contexts. As a fellow graduate student at UW, Stan stood out as the most helpful and caring. He helped me through some stressful times and continued to be a colleague and friend for over 40 years. Despite his many scholarly and professional achievements, he chose to focus on family in "his" obituary. How absolutely "typical Stan". Stan has always been an idol of mine. We talked often of "program commitment", to advise and help students and strengthen the coursework and research experiences they get. I miss Stan already, but treasure and appreciate the time we had and the knowledge and wisdom I got from him. Rod Doran
Sue and family - Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. I too have many fond memories of our times at Riverside Transcription. May 27, 2013
Sue and Family,
We have many happy and fond memories of events and experiences with Stan over the years. Memories include family, community, university and other settings. Stan was always upbeat a doer, and a builder of people and programs. He was an effective teacher, a good adviser and mentor, a capable investigator, and a trusted friend and colleague.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family. A note and a letter are being sent.
Thank you for your contribution to our world. I am sorry for you loss and hope it is of some consolation that Dr. Helgeson will live through the many lives he touched. As a graduate students, we knew that he would give us a straight answer and also help us keep one foot in theory and one foot in practice.
He shared his love for the outdoors and his passion for teaching.
Sue, I'm not sure if you remember me but I worked with you for many years at Riverside in Transcription. I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
I fondly remember Dr. Helgeson's classes at Ohio State, just before he retired. He was an engaging and caring professor, and one of the ones who you could tell truly had a passion for teaching and helping students. He was the rare professor who could cut through all the educational bs and focus an what was really important. Thanks for paying forward!
I have never read a more touching obituary than this one. As a former teacher in Columbus, I would have enjoyed knowing Dr. Helgeson. What an inspiration he must have been. God bless you all. NTC
Exactly 20 years ago I entered the education program at OSU to become a high school science teacher, and I was fortunate to have several courses that Dr. Helgeson taught.
As I read his obituary, I found myself thinking back to so many of his engaging stories that he added to his classroom teaching. It was always obvious to me that Dr. Helgeson cared about us, and his enthusiasm for the classroom interactions is something that I cherish.
Please know that Dr. Helgeson's impact on this world lives on in the many student teachers he helped to mold over the years.
Thank you again for publishing his obituary because his life story is quite touching and serves as a reminder of the incredible journey of life.
May God comfort you as only He can. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sue it's been years but I have thought of you and Dr. Helge son many many times over the years. Dr. Helgeson was a very cpassionate and caring man and I loved working with him at ERIC. My prayers are with you and your family. I know he will be greatly missed. Take care and God bless you all.
We were blessed to have met Stan as neighbors on Aldridge Lake Road. Sue and family, you are in our prayers. Mark and Liz Rehorst