Paul Breslin Milan
1942 - 2020
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Paul Breslin Milan

It is with great sadness we share the passing of Paul Breslin Milan on May 30, 2020 of brain cancer. Paul was born to James and Eileen Milan on March 30, 1942. Paul graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma, Washington in 1960. He went on for his bachelor's degree in French at Seattle University. He completed his Master and Doctorate degrees in French Literature at the University of Washington. Paul taught French and international studies at Seattle University for fifty years. During his tenure he began the first study abroad program with his dear friend and colleague Max Marinoni in 1972. He also was the founder of the Mexico Mission Trek program in Tijuana, Mexico with Esperanza International for many years. Paul was a man of passion for helping others, always reaching out to share time, patience and love to improve the lives of others in his own family, local community and the world.

He leaves behind his wife of fifty years Nancy Alley Milan, daughter Carla Holmes (Mike) and grandchildren Evan and Abby daughter Kate Batra (Sanjay) and grandchildren Cole and Ally.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother David. He is survived by his sister, Nancy Dent (Ray) of Phoenix, brother Tom (Francoise) of Paris, France and brother Mike of San Diego.

During his eleven month battle with cancer, Paul received many messages from former students, friends, family and colleagues thanking him for his inspirational and dedicated teaching, his passion for learning, his loyalty as a friend, and living a life of giving to others.

His family will always remember him as loving, supportive, caring and the foundation of our family. He believed in making a better, peaceful, just and more humane world.

If you wish to make a donation in Paul's memory:

Esperanza International Inc.

2159 India St, Suite 200

San Diego, CA 92101 OR

Paul Milan Legacy Scholarship Fund at Seattle University

c/o Advancement Service at

Seattle University

901 12th Ave.

Seattle, WA 98122

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Published in The Seattle Times on Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 6, 2020
I am so saddened to hear of Paul Milan's passing. I was a student of Paul's and a participant in the French-in-France program at Seattle University in 1982. These experiences led me to obtain a BA in French and later to return to France, where I still live. I also spent a summer working in the SU Education Department office, so was down the hall from the Foreign Language offices, where Paul, Max and their colleagues maintained a European "savoir vivre" and an atmosphere of humor and camaraderie. I kept in touch with Paul, from time to time having the pleasure of meeting for coffee at Café Poste, and even running into each other at SeaTac once (where I helped him cancel his French train ticket; his flight was delayed and he was going to miss his train on arrival!) Paul dealt with all situations - be it a student narrowly avoiding a drug bust, a stolen rental car, or keys locked in a van in the mountains - with calm and humor, and was always respectful, patient and persistent with students. He will remain an admired model for me as an educator, as a humanitarian, and as the ultimate non-ugly American in France. My deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones ... I will light a candle here in Paris for him.
Melanie Christensen
June 29, 2020
My sympathy to Nancy Alley Milan and family on Paul's passing.

Jamie Henderson
Next door Neighbor to Nancy for many years in Tacoma.

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