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Willard L. Mills

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Willard L. Mills, 84, of Southampton, NJ, died Friday, (February 14, 2003) in Pennsauken, NJ. Mr. Mills was born in 1918, in Canton Center, the son of Bertha Hosford Mills and Irwin Mills. He grew up on the Mills Apple Farm. He graduated in 1937, with the second class to graduate from the newly named Canton High School. He was a member of the Canton Center Congregational Church. He graduated as a chemist from Bates College, Lewiston, ME in 1941, earned a second degree in chemical engineering at Cleveland State University and an M.S. in 1964 from Syracuse University. He also studied chemistry at MIT. Later he completed a computer technician degree at the County College of Morris, Dover, NJ. Mr. Mills worked as an industrial chemist from 1943 through 1961, as a college chemistry professor at D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY, in 1964-65 and at Spring Garden College in Philadelphia from 1966 through 1970. He was a math and science teacher in Philadelphia and Morristown, NJ public schools through 1979. Mr. Mills was a computer laboratory coordinator, teacher and computer consultant at the Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ from 1979 until his retirement in 1984. Mr. Mills married Dorothy Marks of West Hartford in Hartford in 1949. She died in 1968. He married his Bates College classmate, Carol Storm Stewart, in Hartford in 1972. She died in 1999. Mr. Mills is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Sam Humphrey, Canton Center; two stepdaughters, Nancy Stewart of Philadelphia, and Carolyn Stewart Dyer of Iowa City, IA. He is survived in New England by two nephews, Kenneth Humphrey of Canton, Warren Humphrey of Groton, MA; and a niece, Marianne Burbank of Canton, their spouses and children. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Ro Mills of Washington State; and five nieces and nephews in Washington and Alaska. Services will be held on February 22, at the Medford United Methodist Church in Medford, NJ. Burial will be in Syracuse, NY in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Medford United Methodist Church, Medford, NJ or Bates College, Lewiston, ME.
Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 18, 2003
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