William F. Helmer ‘56 and Robert A. “Soupy” Campbell ‘61 have received the Lifetime Engagement Award from their alma mater, Clarkson University.
The award is given to alumni who have remained engaged and supportive of Clarkson’s mission from students onward. The award requires at least fifty years from graduation.
William F. Helmer
Bill Helmer received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Clarkson in 1956. He served his term with Clarkson’s Board of Trustees, leaving as an Emeritus Trustee. He is a past president of the Clarkson Alumni Association and was a recipient of the Golden Knight Award in 1991.
After serving as an engineering assistant with the Atlantic Refining Company in Pittsburgh, Helmer reported to the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Upon retirement from the Corps of Engineers, he returned to Atlantic Refining Headquarters in Philadelphia and soon after was promoted to district engineer.
Helmer-Cronin Construction Inc., founded in 1961, is principally engaged in commercial, industrial, institutional and multifamily housing construction. It has completed more than 500 projects, including the world's largest travel plaza for the Marriott International, the first passenger terminal at Stewart Airport for American Airlines and the historical renovation of The Thayer Hotel at West Point.
A New York State licensed professional engineer, Helmer is a life director of the Associated General Contractors of America and a past president of the Contractors & Suppliers of Rockland County, the Construction Contractors Association of the Hudson Valley, the Associated General Building Contractors of New York State and the Construction Employers Labor Relations Association of New York.
Helmer and his wife, Sandy, reside in Nyack, New York, and Marco Island, Florida.
Robert “Soupy” Campbell
Robert A. “Soupy” Campbell of Highland Park, Texas, and Grantham, New Hampshire, received his bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Clarkson in 1961. He earned an MBA in finance from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1966 and became a Certified Public Accountant in New York state in 1968.
Retired Regional Managing Partner & CEO of Deloitte Asia Pacific, Bob is currently a Clarkson Trustee, serving as chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee. He was a past president of the Clarkson Alumni Association, he received the Arnold H. Barben Hockey Award in 1982 and is a recipient of the Golden Knight Award in 1986.
Bob began his career with Deloitte (then Touche Ross & Co) in Montreal upon graduation from Clarkson in 1961. He interrupted his Deloitte career to join Clarkson -- as an Admissions officer for two years and then as an instructor of accounting for another two years -- before returning to Deloitte. He became a Deloitte partner in 1975. Over the years, he held professional and leadership roles in Rochester, Milwaukee, Dallas and the U.S. headquarters, as well as Montreal, Tokyo and the Asia-Pacific region headquarters in Hong Kong.
His community activities have included advisory roles for Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business, Marquette University's Department of Accounting and Clarkson's School of Business.
Bob has served on the boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and of Dallas, Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation, the American School in Japan, the Greenhill School in Texas and the Arthritis Foundation.
Bob and his wife, Cynthia, a graduate of SUNY Potsdam, spend their winters in Dallas, Texas, and summers in Grantham, New Hampshire. They have three children, Colin, David, and Sarah, and six grandchildren, John Henry, Carolina, Juliette, Colin, Charlie, and Susanna.