Wed, Jul 24, 2013
Robert B. Helland, a civil engineer who worked for the U.S. Transportation Department for 40 years, died June 23 at a hospital in Raleigh, N.C. He was 77.
The cause was a cerebral hemorrhage, said his daughter, Katie LaNasa.
Mr. Helland retired from the Transportation Department’s division of highway safety in 1996.
Robert Bruce Helland was born in Helena, Mont. He was a 1958 civil engineering graduate of Montana State University and received a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1967.
Mr. Helland was a former director and chairman of the old D.C. Credit Union League and served on the Legislative and Political Action Committee and the Credit Union Promotion Committee. He was also a volunteer director of the Transportation Federal Credit Union for 40 years. He was a past president of the Fairfax Host Lions Club and in 2007 received the organization’s Melvin Jones Fellowship award for exemplary service, his daughter said.
He lived in the Washington area for about five decades before settling in Cary, N.C., in 2010.
His wife of 24 years, Mary Copeland Helland, died in 1995. Survivors include three children, Matthew Helland and Katie LaNasa, both of Raleigh, and Patrick Helland of Apex, N.C.; a sister; and three grandchildren.