| ||This portrait of Dr. Helper was taken when he retired in 1993.|
The College of Veterinary Medicine mourns the loss of Dr. Lloyd C. Helper, who served on our faculty for 38 years and remained engaged with the college long after his retirement in 1993. He died on Sunday, July 18, in Fort Collins, Colo.
We remember him as a pioneer in the field of veterinary ophthalmology, a tireless advocate for students, and a devoted leader, friend, and family man. He inspired many generations of Illinois veterinary graduates and will be dearly missed.
Dr. Helper spent his entire veterinary career at the college, joining the faculty the year he earned his veterinary degree here, in 1955. He also served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force Veterinary Corps from 1956 to 1958, at which time he joined the Air Force Reserve, ultimately attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
A charter member of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ACVO), Dr. Helper established the ophthalmology service at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the early 1970s and was its chief until 1984. From 1982 until his retirement, he served the college as associate dean of academic and student affairs.
In addition to his service at Illinois, Dr. Helper is widely known as the author the fourth edition of Magrane’s Canine Ophthalmology. He also held leadership roles in the ACVO, the International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology, and regional, state, and national veterinary medical associations.
In 2014, the college honored Dr. Helper with the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award for his significant contributions to both the veterinary profession and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
The family has requested that those wishing to recognize Dr. Helper consider a donation in his memory to the Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd Helper Veterinary Student and Faculty Collegiality Award Fund, which he and his wife Jean established in 2002.
To learn more about Dr. Helper's impact and to make an online gift to the Helper Fund, please follow this link: In Memoriam: Dr. Lloyd C. Helper, Founding Veterinary Ophthalmologist
Memorial details, when available, will be indicated on this website: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/ft-collins-co/lloyd-helper-10273919