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Richard Hellman

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HELLMAN, RICHARD, 92, emeritus professor of economics at the University of Rhode Island, died yesterday at South County Hospital after a short illness. He lived in Kingston. He was married for 66 years to the late Violet Grace (Zeitlin) Hellman, a linguist and dancer.

Born in New York in 1913, Professor Hellman and his wife lived for many years in Washington, D.C. before moving to Rhode Island in 1970.

Professor Hellman is survived by, his son Peter of New York, and daughters Elizabeth S.L. Cooper of New York and Caroline J.C. Hellman of Cambridge, MA. Also surviving are brothers Robert Hellman of Yorktown Heights, NY, Charles Hellman of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, and Benjamin Hellman of Roslyn Heights, NY. Loving grandfather of 4.

A Pulitzer scholar at Columbia University, class of 1934, Professor Hellman had a wide-ranging, 34-year career as a research economist for the federal government and at the University of Rhode Island.

In WWII, Professor Hellman was gunnery officer of USS Mansfield (DD-728) in Admiral William 'Bull' Halsey's fast carrier task force in the Pacific. He held the rank of Lt. Commander in the USNR.

The funeral will be held at noon today at Congregation Beth David, 102 Kingstown Rd., Narragansett. Burial will follow at New Fernwood Cemetery, Kingston. Contributions in Professor Hellman's memory can be made to The Violet Grace Hellman Endowed Prize in Languages at the University of RI. Arrangements by SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston.

Published in The Providence Journal on Dec. 8, 2005
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