- Served on the Lawrence Board of Education for eight years
- Famous Lawrence Physician
- Founding member of the Lawrence Unitarian Fellowship
- Recognized as an Honored Member of the University Women's Club in 2003
- Recipient of the Kiwanis Club Substantial Citizen Award in 2001
Helen Martin Gilles, was a pioneer for women in medicine in the state of Kansas. Helen and her husband Paul returned to Lawrence, KS in 1948 after Dr. Gilles' residency at Berkeley Children's Hospital. Upon her return to Lawrence, Dr. Gilles worked as a pediatrician in private practice for 35 years. While maintaining her own practice, Dr. Gilles worked part time at the Indian Health Center in Holton as well as health centers at Haskell Indian Nations University and Baker University.
Dr. Gilles has been an active member of the Lawrence community. Dr. Gilles could often be found aiding children's societies such as the Lawrence Community Nursery School, Independence Inc., Children's Hour, and the Girl Scouts. She was also integral in the creation of the Lawrence Unitarian Fellowship. Dr. Gilles also served on the Lawrence Board of Education for eight years, was the chairman of the Unitarian Fellowship, and a board member of many community organizations.
In the spring of 2003 Dr. Gilles was recognized as an Honored Member of the University Women's Club for her 50 years of dedicated membership. In recent years, Dr. Gilles' has become an outspoken advocate for senior citizens, especially on the topic of physician-assisted death. She is a member of the Older Women's League of Lawrence and has spearheaded their efforts to legalize physician-assisted death in Kansas.
Dr. Helen Gilles Speaks About Quality of Life & Physician-Assisted Death