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Carl Wilbert Helms, retired zoology chair – November 1, 2020

Carl Wilbert Helms, Ph.D., 87, of Charleston, retired chair of the Department of Zoology at Clemson, died November 1, 2020.

Helms graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s in biology and received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. He was chair of the Department of Biology at Bucknell University and served on the faculty of the Department of Zoology at the University of Georgia before coming to Clemson. He retired from Clemson University in 1998.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Doris; his five children: Katie Hein (Mark), Maggie Darby and Thomas Helms of his marriage to his first wife, Anne Darby; and by Robert Helms and Lindsey Boone (Shaun) from his marriage to Doris. Carl is also survived by his sister, Carol Chilcote; his nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A private service will be held at a later date in Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Bishop Gadsden Residents Assistance Fund, 1 Bishop Gadsden Way, Charleston, SC 29412.