Milton C. Hillery

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Milton C. Hillery ORONO– Milton C. Hillery died January 15, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor. He was born August 7, 1933 in Scandia, KS the son of Melvin C. and Aldine Hillery. Milton Graduated from Waupun High School, Waupun, WI, attended Wisconsin State Teacher's College where he earned his BA in History and Secondary Education, and Michigan State University where he earned an MS in Guidance Counseling and a PhD in Educational Psychology. In 1952, Milton married Lois Vande Zande with whom he had five children. In 1976 Milton married his current wife Mary Anne Reuter, mother of three. In 2005 the Maine People's Alliance recognized Milton with their Against the Tide Award for his contributions to the MPA campaign to reform Maine tax code. This award was emblematic of Milton's life-long commitment to community service and activism, which included: fighting racial segregation and discrimination during the civil rights struggle of the 1950s and '60s, service to the Hispanic League of Racine, volunteer work for Maine Public Broadcasting, and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra to name only a few. Milton began his professional career as a High School History Teacher in Markesan, Wisconsin, and retired as a Research and Program Development Associate at Training Development Corporation in Bucksport, Maine. The intervening years found Milton working as a College Professor, Education Researcher, College Administrator, Regional Director, Vice President and more. His closest friends and family knew Milton as a Packer fan, a Hawkeye fan, a classical-music lover, a phantom-orchestra conductor, a shaker of popcorn kernels, a chopper of wood, and an impersonator of birdies. His favorite joke was: "Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?" His favorite song from a musical was "You'll Never Walk Alone." A friend said of Milton, "he was loved for his intellect, honesty, compassion and relentless commitment to fairness. He believed in the principles of tolerance, justice, and equal rights and worked tirelessly to support and promote these principles." Milton was predeceased by his parents, a nephew (Daniel) and his youngest daughter (Luann). He is survived by a sister, Mary, niece, Judy; wife, Mary Anne, seven children: Linda, Mike, Tim, Mark, Brian, Matthew, and Andrew; 22 grandchildren: Kristin, Emily, Gretchen, Robert, Amanda, Rachel, Marcus, Jessica, Joshua, Michael, Eric, Matthew, Rebekah, Max, Hillary, Rickey, Cisco, Elisabeth, Jack, Morgan, Riley, and Samantha; 10 great-grandchildren: Bennet, Maeden, RJ, JR, Whitney, Croix, Hayden, Kayleigh, Payton, and Jaydon. A celebration of Milt’s life will be held at a future date. Donations in Milt’s name can be made to the Maine People’s Alliance, 27 State Street, Bangor, ME 04401 – 207-990-0672, or the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 1441, Bangor, ME 04402 – 207-942-5555. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at Brookings-Smith Funeral Home 133 Center St. Bangor, ME 04401 (207) 942-8815

Published in Racine Journal Times on Jan. 18, 2013
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