1917 - 2013
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Edward C. Helwick, Jr. passed away peacefully on May 26, 2013. He brought great joy to his family, his friends and former students and will be missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. Edward was born n Yonkers, N.Y. and attended Lafayette College in Pennsylvania where he was editor of the college humor magazine. In 1939 he moved to California as a script writer during the Golden Age of Radio. During his career in radio he worked on shows with stars such as Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, Don Ameche, Gordon McRae, Tommy Dorsey, Jack Benny, and the comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. During WWII Edward was Special Services Officer at the U.S. Army Air Corps Air Transport Command Base in Nome, Alaska. He was promoted to Captain with headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he met and married his loving wife "Terry" of 56 years. Edward earned a Masters Degree in Political Science at USC and in 1959 began a 30-year teaching career at Culver City High School. He was awarded a Fulbright grant from the State Department to teach in Denmark for a year. The school newspaper on which he worked as faculty adviser was named "Best Southern California High School Newspaper" by the UCLA Graduate School of Journalism. He was selected "Outstanding Teacher" by the Culver High School PTA and honored as California's "Teacher of the Year" in 1974. Edward had a passion for travel and during a one year sabbatical in 1961 took his wife Terry and son Bob on an around the world journey to 32 countries. Edward is survived by his son Bob and wife Pamela, granddaughter Dana, grandson Ted and wife Carrie, and his great grandson "Jack" born May 24, 2013.
A private memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Edward's name to your favorite local charity is encouraged.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 2, 2013