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Glenn Edward Helm

Date of Death: November 30, 2020
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Memorial Service will be held at a later date.


To honor Glenn’s love of­­­­­ the Hopi people and archaeology, in lieu of flowers or memorial gifts, those who wish may contribute to the Hopi Foundation, 110 Main St/PO Box 301, Kykotsmovi Village, AZ 86039, or, Archaeology Southwest, 300 North Ash Alley, Tucson, AZ, or a charity of their choice in his memory.


Glenn Edward Helm passed away on November 30 at Howard University Hospital, in Washington, DC, where he had been hospitalized since November 11 battling COVID-19.  Glenn was born on February 21, 1953 to Edward Martin Helm and Mary Rose Helm in Amherst, NY. He was 67. A 1971 graduate of Red Land High school inContinue Reading

Sarah Alkire left a message on July 24, 2021:
I was a neighbor and went to high school with Glenn. Our parents were friends while they lived for a short time in Lewisberry PA. I was in touch with him off and on. I had planned to visit him in DC but now I am sad to say I missed the opportunity. I am truly saddened by his lose. He had so much to look forward to with travels and explorations.
Pamela Howard-Reguindin left a message on June 9, 2021:
Clearing out old files, I just ran across Glenn's "Art in Contact" card he printed when he first moved to Washington DC. We had lost contact for the past 30 years but he made a terrific impression upon me so many years ago. We met when I was a reference librarian at Arizona State University and shared a common interest in Mexico and Latin America. He was experiencing a bit of writer's block for his MA and said that our conversations helped push him forward. Later he "interviewed" me about life as a librarian and several years later I was surprised to learn he'd actually become one. In 1991 we literally bumped into each other on the metro in WashDC and got a big laugh out of how we'd both gotten jobs with the USG, him with the Navy and me with the US Information Agency. He gifted me a piece of xeroxed art of an atom bomb, saguaro, lady that I've carried with me from Rio to Nairobi to Delhi to Rio and now California. On the one hand I'm so happy to learn that he had a great and good life yet on the other so sad to hear that it ended too soon. He was exactly one day older than I am. To his friends and family, you have my deepest condolences. I've read the other notes and know that his was a positive impact on so many people. Que descanse em paz. Pamela Howard-Reguindin, former director of USIA libraries and field director for the Library of Congress offices in Rio, Nairobi and Islamabad.
SALLY ALKIRE left a message on February 19, 2021:
I AM MAD MORE THAN SAD BECAUSE THIS ACCOMPLISHED, BRILLANT MAN CANNOT RETIRE AS HE PLANNED and move to New Mexico and live his retirement days digging around and discovering new rare artifacts and eating good food and reading and all the other things he saving and waiting for when he retired. And I am sorry I will never see him again.
Stephen MacKinnon left a message on February 3, 2021:
I was shocked to hear so belatedly about Glenn's death. I was his M.A. thesis advisor and long time mentor at A.S.U. in the 1970s and 1980s. Our mutual interests emerged from the Vietnam War course I taught regularly in the 1970s and 1980s (I believe Glenn must have served as my Teaching Assistant at some point). For at least a decade Glenn and I got to know each other quite well. Prof. Sheldon Simon (who died just a month ago) and I facilitated you might say Glenn getting the Naval Library job in D.C. in 1991/92. I think we alerted him to the opportunity and then because it required a local D.C. address we manufactured one for him to get his foot in the door. And yes the quality of his M.A. thesis did the rest -- presumably plus an interview. Glenn was a wonderful personality with such a range of interests --- from art to war. Later I visited him more than once at the Library....but then sadly over the last decade we lost touch. I very much regret that we had not met over recent years. I of course was and remain very proud of Glenn's accomplishments as my graduate student. He had a remarkable mind -- and ability to write well. I shall always remember his beguiling smile.. Please keep me informed of any memorial for him. Glenn rest in peace -- your ancient professor....Stephen MacKinnon
Sarah Alkire left a message on January 16, 2021:
Glenn had so much more living to do. I don't understand how this could happen. I thought him to be so careful and smart and ..... I am still in shock and disbelief and so sad.
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Sandi Fox left a message on December 20, 2020:
My deepest condolences to Glenn's family, friends, and colleagues at the Naval History and Heritage Command- of which i am one. Glenn was one of the most patient and kind men that i have ever met - i wish that i could be on the phone with him right now discussing the intricacies of Navy insignias or better yet discussing his adventures in Mexico. It has been an honor and privilege to know Glenn- may his loved ones be comforted by his impact in the world - his enthusiasm for the Navy Department Library, archaeology, and books will leave a wonderful legacy for all .
Kahla Davis left a message on December 16, 2020:
I knew Glenn through Barbara, my (honorary) godmother. One of my earliest memories of Glenn is when he gifted me not just one, but two of the then brand-new Harry Potter series as a child. He'd even added protective covers to the hardbacks, which is appropriate, I guess, given his occupation! I can't say the books started my love of reading, but I have no doubt it furthered it. They're the first books I can remember reading breathlessly, long after my bedtime. It's a little strange to think how much time has passed since then. I'm glad to think of all the times, though brief, that I got to spend with Glenn during visits with Barbara over the years. Though the years passed, Glenn's intellect, wit, and kindness never changed. Glenn's passion for history - so evident in his collection of books and artifacts - was special. And it was always a treat to hear about the adventures and travels he and Barbara had - in impeccable detail and accompanied by many beautiful photos, of course. I am so saddened about Glenn's death, especially under the circumstances. I'd like to offer my condolences to the family and to Barbara. Glenn was a wonderful man, and I'm so thankful to have known him.
Joyce Rudy left a message on December 16, 2020:
Brian and Cindy so sorry for your loss.
Cindy Helm left a message on December 15, 2020:
In memory of Glenn Edward Helm, Cindy Helm lit a candle
Sabreena Edwards left a message on December 15, 2020:
My deepest condolences to Mr. Glenn's family and friends. He will be missed. Peace and Blessings!
Stephen Revai left a message on December 13, 2020:
In memory of Glenn Edward Helm, Stephen Revai lit a candle
John Watts left a message on December 11, 2020:
I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked at the Navy History and Heritage Command as a historian. When I first arrived, my cubicle was on the other side of the wall from Glenn. He was always glad to help and very friendly. I enjoyed his passion for history. The width and depth of his institutional knowledge of the command and the US Navy Is irreplaceable. He will be sorely missed. Fair winds and following seas Glenn.
Cate Mueller left a message on December 11, 2020:
I worked briefly with Glenn just a few years back and found him to be a delightful font of knowledge about our Navy Library. And I loved his office with all the memorabilia from his many travels. I am devastated to hear that COVID has taken him away too soon. My sincerest condolences and prayers for his close friends and family.
Bill Taylor left a message on December 10, 2020:
Glenn was a good friend of mine for 47 years, since we met at Glendale Community College. When he was the manager at the Walden Bookstore at Christown Mall in Phoenix, he hired me to work with him, while I was going to college. We went on many trips together, around Arizona and New Mexico. I will miss him. My condolences to his friends and family.
Melenda Stewart left a message on December 10, 2020:
Deepest Condolence to Mr. Glenn's Family and Friends
JOYCE CONYERS FROM NHHC left a message on December 10, 2020:
To the Helm Family, My sincere condolences and prayers. Glenn and I always talked about work, but quickly it diverted to the vacations and many trips he or I had taken. I was glad to have known Glenn and to have worked with him. So long my friend. Joyce
Tonya Montgomery left a message on December 10, 2020:
My condolences to the family. Glenn and I worked together side by side in the library for 30 yrs. He came 6 mons after I started. We bonded so fast. He was so full of stories. His trips and pictures was always talked about. I used to talk to his mom on the phone when she would call so much until she had me call her Mama Helm, I would tattletale on him all the time. Lol So many memories that I will cherish forever. Gonna miss you my friend and so will my kids. Rest In Peace So many memories I have with him. I will miss
Anya M. left a message on December 10, 2020:
My sincere condolences to Glenn's family and friends. He was my neighbor in D.C., living in the same apartment building. Glenn and I had wonderful conversations, because he collected Native American art, and I work at the Nat'l Museum of the American Indian. He was always excited to tell me about a new purchase or a recent trip to Arizona. I am very sorry. I really enjoyed having him as my neighbor and a friend. Many blessings. My heart goes out to all of you.
Denny Romero left a message on December 10, 2020:
In memory of Glenn Edward Helm, Denny Romero lit a candle
Beryl E Reker left a message on December 10, 2020:
You will be missed Glenn! Thank you for touching our lives.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Barbara Voulgaris left a message on December 10, 2020:
“You - you alone will have the stars as no one else has them...In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night...You - only you - will have stars that can laugh.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, El Principito I am broken. I have lost my best friend.
Bob Schneller left a message on December 10, 2020:
Whenever I came to Glenn with a question, I'd come away with either the answer to the question or the path to the answer. He was the ultimate reference librarian. Glenn was also funny, kind, and caring. His passing leaves a hole in my heart.
Brian Helm left a message on December 10, 2020:
Love and miss you big brother, gone way too soon
John O. King left a message on December 9, 2020:
Farewell, Dear Friend. Many happy times talking Native American archaeology and naval history over a beer and spicy chicken. Appreciated the tours and stories. Not many people are gifted to look into the past and see the future, or to stand on the mountaintop and see infinity. You were definitely one of a kind, Glenn. I will miss you.
Randall Fortson left a message on December 9, 2020:
Glenn, you were a fountain of knowledge on so many topics and I enjoyed our conversations on ancient history. I will always remember comparing our book buying addictions and how excited you would be at finding a new book on a favorite topic. It should not have ended like this. You were indeed a kind and gentle soul and deserved better. I will miss you, but maybe I'll see around at some point. Godspeed and good fortune my friend.
Marisin and Bruce Thompson left a message on December 9, 2020:
Our deepest condolences to Glenn Helm family, personal and professional friends and the family at the Library at the Navy Yard. He will be always remembered. Resignation for his early departure. Marisin and Bruce Thompson 464 Mountain Road Crownsville Maryland 21032
Justin Cottrell left a message on December 9, 2020:
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Robert S Neyland left a message on December 9, 2020:
Glenn was one of my favorite people at Naval History and Heritage Command. We shared a passion for archaeology and maritime history and these were a source of many pleasant conversations. He was dedicated to preserving the Navy's history and the Command was a much better place for his efforts. I am saddened by his passing.
Al Pierson left a message on December 9, 2020:
You will be missed. Rest in Peace. Thank you for your service.
Kristina Giannotta left a message on December 9, 2020:
We miss you so much Glenn! You really changed the world you touched for the better.
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