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Robert Louis Helmreich

Robert "Bob" Louis Helmreich Robert "Bob" Louis Helmreich died peacefully at his home in Granite Shoals, Texas on July 7, 2012. He was born April 29, 1937, the son of Ralph and Caroline Helmreich. He received his BS, MS, and PhD from Yale University. After receiving his bachelor's degree magna cum laude in 1959, he served in the U.S. Navy for four years, leaving the service as Executive Officer of the USS Decatur (DD936). Returning to Yale, Bob received his PhD in 1966 and joined the department of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Full Professor in 1969 and served on the faculty until 2007 when he retired and was named Professor Emeritus. During his career, Bob's research focused on group behavior in challenging environments such as undersea exploration, aviation, space, and the medical operating room. He received the University of Texas' highest award, the Pro Bene Meritus Award in 2005. For his contributions to aviation safety, Bob received the Flight Safety Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and the Franklin Taylor Award of the American Psychological Association. He authored more than two hundred monographs and books. Bob is survived by his life partner of 32 years, Carlos Canales. Together, Bob and Carlos shared the enjoyment of travelling, collecting cars, boating, Texas football, and relaxing at their lakefront home. A celebration of Bob's life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to The Ralph and Caroline Helmreich Endowed Presidential Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts - Development Office, 116 Inner Campus Drive, STOP G6000, Austin, TX 78712. Condolences may be offered at www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com Arrangements are under the direction of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home of Marble Falls.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on July 15, 2012
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