Mr. Donald Paul Heldman, 87 years old, resident of Covington, Georgia, and previously of St. Mary, Missouri, died peacefully at his home on May 7, 2023, from complications following a heart attack. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, he received a bachelor’s degree from Washington University-St. Louis, a master’s from University of Missouri-Columbia, and a doctorate from University of London, all leading to a career as a professional archaeologist. He taught and conducted research in Britain, Ethiopia, Colombia, Mexico, and Missouri. For 20 years, he directed the archaeology program for Mackinac State Historic Parks in northern Michigan, training generations of students in historical archaeology. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Heldman and Marie E. Binder Heldman; his sister, Jean Heldman Finkenkeller; and his nephew, Mark Finkenkeller.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Elizabeth M. Scott, and many friends and relatives who loved him very much. There are no services for Mr. Heldman at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to J. C. Harwell & Son. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dementia Society of America or the American Kidney Fund.
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