directly from alumni

In retirement, Philip Helfrich ’51 has continued with aquaculture consulting work for various organizations, including federal agencies and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. He resides in Kaneohe, Oahu, with his wife and daughters, including Kathleen Helfrich ’79, and nearby neighbor and classmate Fred Farrell ’51, a retired Marine Corps colonel and commercial airline pilot. Helfrich enrolled at Santa Clara in January of 1945 during World War II. He returned to SCU after two years with the United States Merchant Marine Academy and completed his undergraduate education with a B.S. and ROTC commission. He served for two years during the Korean War, afterwards obtaining a Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of Hawaii in 1958. Helfrich went on to serve as the founding director of the World Fish Center for the Rockefeller Foundation, supervising its incorporation in Manila in 1977; as associate dean of research for University of Hawaii in 1978; and as director of the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology from 1980 to 1993, retiring as director emeritus.

29 Mar 2019