PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Dr. Hilliard I. Beller was the Son of Sophia (Aaronson) Beller and David Beller of Brooklyn, New York. He was the husband of the late Leila (Ehrenstein) Beller. HE was the beloved father of Susan Beller and doting grandfather of Sarah "Sam" Donahue, both of Providence. He was the devoted brother of Ruth (Beller) Rosenbaum of New Rochelle, New York.
Dr. Beller received a Ph.D. in English from New York University and went on to have a distinguished career, first as an English professor and then as chief editor for the Rhode Island Publications Society for over 30 years. He was a competitive chess player, and was regionally ranked while a member of the Rhode Island Chess Club in the 1980s.
In addition to his daughter and granddaughter, Dr. Beller leaves behind his dear friend Frances Scribner of Cranston, as well as a small treasure trove of his poetry and works of fiction.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Rhode Island Publications Society or the Rhode Island Historical Society.