Frank G. Helman ’51 Gives Baccalaureate Address
The address at the baccalaureate service preceding Muskingum College’s 2009 undergraduate commencement exercises was delivered by Frank G. Helman ’51.
Frank G. Helman is a true citizen of the world, devoting his expertise in international law and business to promoting global understanding and protecting human rights.
A member of the Muskingum class of 1951, Mr. Helman earned his J.D. from New York University’s School of Law. He is fluent in German, Norwegian, and Russian. He served our country in the diplomatic corps as Vice Consul to the United States Embassy in Oslo, Norway, and in the United States Air Force.
Mr. Helman was the chief financial and administrative officer of Mannesmann Demag Corporation in New York City for 17 years. He led the company’s development from a representative outpost of its German parent corporation to a multi-million-dollar sales enterprise in the industrial manufacturing sector.
In legal practice with Walter, Conston, Alexander & Green, P.C., in New York City for 15 years, Mr. Helman specialized in complex trust, estate, and tax matters which crossed international legal boundaries. He is a prolific author with scholarly writings published in both U.S. and German legal journals.
His leadership as president of the Otto and Fran Walter Foundation is guided by his dedication to the fundamental principles of human dignity. Through his work, the children of the Guatemala City garbage dump have access to education. Those at risk for persecution in Europe and Central Asia have strong advocates for their human rights. Those recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina are fed on a daily basis. The needs of aging Holocaust survivors are met. The women and children of New York City’s Lower East Side have the chance to break the cycle of domestic violence and poverty.
Mr. Helman resides in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where he maintains an independent legal practice and is an active civic and church leader. He and his wife Martha Peak Helman are the parents of Mark, Lars, and Christian.