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Helen Roebling Tyson

Miss Helen Roebling Tyson  (Shettle—Buchheit—Helen R. Tyson) of Mount Desert, ME, died peacefully on April 4, 2013, at home, after a long battle with cancer.

Miss Tyson was born in Philadelphia on September 2, 1940, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Roebling Tyson (Barbara Kurtz). Mr. Tyson was president of the John A. Roebling’s Sons company of Trenton, NJ, and the son of the celebrated artist Carroll S. Tyson Jr. His great-grandfather was Johann August Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Miss Tyson was educated at the Springside School in Philadelphia and at Westover. Her life revolved around her love of music. A piano player from the age of 4, she later studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, becoming an accomplished jazz pianist and composer. She would later write music for Bobby Darin and Tommy Dorsey, among others. Miss Tyson spent the last 20 years of her life living in Maine, where she particularly enjoyed hiking, climbing and exploring the environs of her beloved Mount Desert Island.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur F. Shettle II (Sheila C. A. Shettle) of New York, and their son, Piet; and her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lars Hansen (Ann B. Shettle) of Easton, MD, and their daughter, Kate.

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