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Helmy Hamdollah Baligh

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Helmy Hamdollah Baligh

October 17, 1931- January 27, 2014


Dr. Helmy Hamdollah Baligh passed away Monday, January 27 at his home surrounded by his loving family following a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born in Cairo, Egypt on October 17, 1931 to Hamdollah Baligh and Aziza Tewfik. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two siblings, Samiha Baligh Hafez and Mostapha Baligh.

Helmy matriculated at the English Mission College in Cairo. He studied at Dulwich College and then Brasenose College at Oxford University where he received a BA with Honours. Following graduation, Helmy worked for Standard Oil in Egypt in the management training program.

In 1956, Helmy left Egypt to attend the University of California at Berkeley. He received a Masters of Business Administration in 1958. After fulfilling his military duty in Egypt, he returned to California and enrolled in the Business Administration PhD Program at UC Berkeley. Helmy married Sara Jane Walker in September 1959. He received his PhD in 1963 and became a naturalized citizen in 1965. Helmy was an Associate Professor of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 1962 to 1967.

He moved the family to North Carolina in 1967 when he took a position at Duke University, where he was recruited to assist in the development of the Graduate Business School at Duke. He developed the first curriculum, became a Full Professor in 1970 and served as the Associate Dean from 1971 to 1973. Helmy took his family to Cairo on sabbatical in 1973 where he taught at Cairo University. Returning to NC in 1974 he continued teaching until his retirement and appointment to Professor Emeritus in 2002. During his tenure he published numerous articles and several books.

Helmy enjoyed spending time with his family, horses, horse racing, foxhunting, soccer, swimming, boxing, rugby and squash. He was a long time member of the Chapel Hill Tennis Club and the Red Mountain Fox Hounds. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sara Jane (Sally Walker) Baligh; three daughters, Aziza Baligh Clark and her husband Scott, Magda Baligh and her husband Nabil Bensimmou, Laila Baligh Patrick and her husband Jay; and four grandchildren, Kenzi and Nazli Clark, and Talib and Adaira Patrick.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center, Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC. Plans for a celebration of his life will be announced later.
Published in The News & Observer from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2014
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