Cohasset, Mass. - John Bidwell Millard, 80, of Cohasset, died on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.
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He was the father of Janice (Millard) Nykyforchyn of Waterford. John was born in Newton, Mass. on Jan. 6, 1932, the son of Violetta Bidwell and Norman R. Millard, and the brother of Norman Jr., all of whom pre-deceased him. He grew up in Newton, attended Hebron Academy in Maine and graduated from Harvard College in 1954, having majored in physical sciences. An NCAA champion and one of the 5 fastest freestyle swimmers in the world, he was invited to participate in the Olympic Trials in California in 1952 but declined because of the need to work to earn tuition.
After serving in the U.S. Army, he immediately joined Polaroid Corporation in Cambridge, where he worked with great pleasure for 40 years in engineering quality control and reliability. As George Bernard Shaw said, "Happy is the man who makes a living by his hobby," and John did just that, from the age of 12, photography was a lifelong interest. He was granted 3 patents, including one that Polaroid leased to major SLR camera companies around the world. He studied with Josef Karsh and Ansel Adams and won many Best of Show photographic prizes. He was the United States representative to the International Standards Organization (ISO) Committee on Exposure, a member of the Association of Photographic Scientists and Engineers and a member of the Cohasset Golf Club.
He was the loving husband of Elizabeth (Jockers) Millard; and the father of a son, Stuart M. Millard of Scituate, Mass. and his wife, Edith, and a daughter, Janice (Millard) Nykyforchyn of Waterford and her husband, John. He is also survived by two stepdaughters, Lauren Alemian Saleski of Hingham, Mass. and her husband, Stephen, and Jennifer Alemian Kinscherf of Cohasset, Mass. and her husband, Robert. Eight surviving grandchilden, include Christine, Michael and Danielle Nykyforchyn of Waterford.
He had a deep and abiding love for, and tremendous pride in, each member of this extended family and was truly beloved in return. All who knew John will recall his quiet modesty, his keen intellect, his love of laughter and his generous and kindly, non-judgmental spirit.
A Memorial Service was held on Sept. 4, at First Parish in Cohasset, Unitarian Universalist.
Arrangements by McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 1 Summer St., Cohasset, MA. 02025.
Published in The Day on Sept. 9, 2012