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THEODORE MILLON

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MILLON--Dr. Theodore, Leading Personality Theorist and psychologist, died on January 29, 2014, at his home in Greenville Township, NY, after a remarkable life. Dr. Millon was the author of over 25 books and the developer of numerous highly regarded diagnostic inventories including the MCMI. He was a key member of the DSM-III task force and of the DSM-IV's workgroup on personality disorders. Dr. Millon was a Senior Scientific Scholar Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Personality and Psychopathology, having served previously over a fifty year sequence of professorial appointments at Lehigh, University of Illinois, University of Miami and Harvard. He received over twenty lifetime achievement awards, including APF's Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Applied Research, APA's Distinguished Award for Applied Psychological Science, as well as its 2000 Presidential Citation. Ted was born in Manhattan on August 18, 1928 to Abner and Mollie (Gorkowitz) Millon. He was raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn where he graduated from Lafayette High School in 1945. He earned his BA from the City College of New York '49 and his PhD from the University of Connecticut '52 and later received an Honorary Doctorate from the Free University of Brussels '94. He had a keen interest in art and was a man of many talents and interests. He loved acting and singing and was a painter, sculptor and collector of art. Dr. Millon was a classical music aficionado, followed professional sports and studied physics as a hobby. In 1952 he married Renee Baratz. Although he was an admirable scholar, his role as a husband, father and grandfather was just as important to him. He was a kind, loving and generous man who cared deeply for his family. He is predeceased by his parents. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Diane Bobb (Allen) of Greenville, NY; Dr. Carrie Millon of Pinecrest, FL; Andy Millon of Brooklyn, NY; Adrienne Hemsley (Martin) of White Plains, NY; a niece Linda Shultz (David), a nephew David Grabel, his grandchildren, Alyssa Boice (Rory), Katherine Sinsabaugh (Joseph), Molly Niedbala, Olivia Niedbala, Elizabeth Levin, Matthew Hemsley, Annie Hemsley, William Hemsley and five great-grandchildren. He will not only be missed by his family, but by the many colleagues and students whose lives he influenced. His legacy was far reaching and will carry on. The family would also like to thank his caregivers, Leila Agustin and Elizabeth Grennille, for extending his life and bringing him great comfort. Services will be held at Temple Sinai, 75 Highland Ave, Middletown, NY; on Sunday, February 2nd at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation may do so to the Central Park Conservancy, Attn: Adopt-A-Bench, 14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022. Please write "Theodore Millon Bench" in the memo line. Or call 212-310-6617.

Published in The New York Times on Feb. 2, 2014
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