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educator , Classicist

James Joel Helm, American Classicist, educator. Distinguished Teaching fellow University of Michigan, 1968.


Helm, James Joel was born on December 17, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Emil Peter Carl and Marie Emma Sophia (Baur) Helm.


Bachelor in Philosophy, Elmhurst College, 1959;Master of Divinity in Higher Education, Union Theological Seminary, 1963;Master of Arts in Classical Studies, University of Michigan, 1965;Doctor of Philosophy in Classical Studies, University of Michigan, 1968.


Assistant professor classics, Oberlin (Ohio) College, 1968-1974;associate professor classics, Oberlin (Ohio) College, 1974-1982;professor, Oberlin (Ohio) College, since 1982;associate dean arts and science, Oberlin (Ohio) College, 1986-1989;acting dean arts and science, Oberlin (Ohio) College, 1991-1992. Visiting professor classics Scripps College, Claremont, California, 1978-1979. Member managing committee Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome, 1978-1980.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Plato's Apology: A Commentary, 1981. Assistant editor Classical World, 1985-1993.


Chair human relations commission City of Oberlin, 1972-1974, 76-78. Democratic precinctman., 1977-1978. Moderator First Church in Oberlin.

Member American Philological Association (chair computer committee 1973, 81, campus advisory committee since 1989), Archeological Institute American (chapter president 1975), Classical Association Midwest and South, Ohio Classical Conference (council 1978-1980), Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: music, gardening, hiking.


Married Annemarie Elizabeth Menzel, June 10, 1960. Children: Paul Frederick, Bennett William.

Emil Peter Carl Helm

Marie Emma Sophia (Baur) Helm

Annemarie Elizabeth Menzel

Paul Frederick Helm

Bennett William Helm