Helen Damico Obituary :Dr. Helen Damico (nee Pittas) ventured from Chios, Greece to America with her mom when she was six years of age. She was unable to envision the gigantic effect that excursion would, at last, have on the lives of so numerous relatives, companions, and understudies, nor that she would turn into a universally eminent researcher. Helen calmly died on April 14, 2020, at 89 years old, at Ohio Living at Rockynol in Akron, Ohio. Helen was conceived on January 30, 1931, in Chios, Greece. She was gone before in death by her folks, Frank and Ifigenia Pittas. Helen got her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Iowa and, following her affection for writing, earned her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from New York University represent considerable authority in Old English and Medieval Studies.
Helen showed English at Brooklyn College and the University of Minnesota. In 1981, she turned into a Professor of English in Medieval Language and Literature at the University of New Mexico (UNM) where she achieved full residency status and educated for a long time. She was twice perceived as UNM’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year and respected as a UNM educating individual. Her previously distributed work, Beowulf’s Wealhtheow and the Valkyrie Tradition is perceived as a work that made a considerable commitment to the investigation of ladies in the field.
Among her numerous scholastic distributions, she altered the three volumes of Medieval Scholarship: Biographical Essays in the Formation of a Discipline and most as of late wrote Beowolf and the Grendel-Kin: Politics and Poetry in Eleventh-Century England. Among her numerous accomplishments and commitments, Helen got the New Mexico Humanities Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Humanities and was a beneficiary of The Medieval Academy of America’s CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies. She was an Honorary Member of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists and a Fellow of The Medieval Academy of America. In 1986, Helen established UNM’s globally perceived Institute for Medieval Studies and filled in as its chief until 2002.
She worked eagerly to draw in the more noteworthy network to partake in the Institute, most especially optional schools, to cultivate their gratefulness for middle age history, writing and culture. She built up a yearly Speaker’s Series, where researchers from everywhere the world would travel to New Mexico to address. Helen’s understudies have portrayed her as “a powerhouse” as she set elevated requirements and consistently pushed them to accomplish their fullest potential.
Helen is made due by her adored family: sister, Kathryn Belfance; nieces and nephew, Leslie Belfance (Carla), Eve Belfance (Christopher) and Mark Belfance (Marna); her extraordinary nieces and nephews, Christopher Belfance, David Belfance, Katie Belfance, Anna Belfance, William Belfance Colford and Sophia Belfance Colford; cousin, Virginia Benjamin (Jesse), just as different cousins and family members from Greece; and numerous darling companions. Helen had unmatched vitality and kept on taking part in grants while educating past her 80th year. Her most recent book was distributed in 2015. As a committed researcher, Helen went for a mind-blowing duration, visiting numerous nations and making numerous companions en route. She was particularly committed to her family members in Chios.
Helen was exceptionally dedicated to her confidence and shaped enduring associations with her congregation network. She had a day to day existence admirably carried out and will be enormously missed. The family might want to express gratitude toward Ohio Living Rockynol for the phenomenal consideration and sympathy they have appeared all through this troublesome time.