Dennis John Helfritch

Profile Updated: February 18, 2015
Residing In: Catonsville, MD USA
Spouse/Partner: Iris Hersh Helfritch
Children: one boy and one girl
Occupation/Career: scientist
Did you graduate from York or Willowbrook?

Willowbrook

Current Marital Status:

Married

Grandchildren:

two girls and one boy

What have you done since leaving high school?

2015 update: Iris and I passed our 50th last September - see photo.

Since 2010 I've trimmed my work days at the Army Lab from 5 to 3 per week. I use the extra time to volunteer at the local animal shelter.

I bought a cabin in the WV Appalachians. I hope to continue to hike the wooded mountains through my eighties - we'll see.

I wish my classmates a terrific 55th gathering!

I’ve changed my mind about attending the reunion because it seems that not many people that I knew well will be attending. So I thought I would update my profile with things that I won’t be able to say in person.

After Willowbrook I went to the U of I, majoring in physics. I met my wife, Iris, there in my senior year. We married after graduation. I went to Purdue for graduate school, majoring in aerospace engineering. Both our children – a boy and then a girl – were born while we were at Purdue. Even though my degree is in aerospace, I spent the next 30 years doing environmental research, mainly trying to control emissions from power plants. For the past 10 years I’ve been doing military research for the Army. I enjoy my work and don’t plan to retire.

We’ve lived in Indiana, New York, North Carolina, New Jersey, and now Maryland, where I hope we’ll stay. Iris was diagnosed with MS after our daughter was born. Although the disease relentlessly progresses, her spirit has always been upbeat. We attend a lot of artistic performances, ethnic festivals, and civil war historic functions, and we rarely have a boring week-end.

Our son lives in the Pittsburgh area with his wife and our three grandchildren. We’re too far away to babysit but close enough to get together often. Our daughter lives in DC. We do babysit our grand-dogs occasionally.

Well, I think that’s as much as anybody will want to know about me. Visit us if you are in Maryland. My email is dhelfritch@lycos.com.

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Married to the former Iris Hersh, who I met at the U. of I.
Two children, three grandchildren
BS Physics, U of I
PhD Aerospace, Purdue
Currently a civilian scientist at the Army Research Lab in Maryland.
Enjoy the performing arts and Civil War reenactment.

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Feb 18, 2015 at 9:18 PM

2015 update: Iris and I passed our 50th last September - see photo.

Since 2010 I've trimmed my work days at the Army Lab from 5 to 3 per week. I use the extra time to volunteer at the local animal shelter.

I bought a cabin in the WV Appalachians. I hope to continue to hike the wooded mountains through my eighties - we'll see.

I wish my classmates a terrific 55th gathering!

Feb 18, 2015 at 9:09 PM
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