Friends and family encouraged him — to the 100-year mark. Finally, Dec. 27, Dr. Fred Helmholz made it. And he was strong for those three final birthday parties with dozens of invited guests from near and far…He loved lectures on outer space and how the world works. And Fred was an authority on Mayo Clinic history. His late wife, Mary Balfour, was a grand-daughter of Dr. Will and Hattie Mayo. Her father, Dr. Donald Balfour was an early associate of Drs. Will and Charlie Mayo.
Post-Bulletin, by Harley Flathers, 1/12/2012