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EMU Director Emeritus Adell McMillan dies at 76

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned I was reading A Common Ground, a book about the first 50 years of the Erb Memorial Union written by EMU Director Emeritus Adell McMillan. Ms. McMillan passed away on May 8, due to complications from a stroke. From her obituary:

She earned a B.A. in Social Science from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA and an M.S. in Recreation Management from the University of Oregon. Adell began her career in the college union and student activities field in 1955 as Program Director of the Erb Memorial Union and served as its Associate Director before becoming Director in 1975. Retiring in 1991, she was an active community volunteer. Adell was a Board Member and two-time Past President of the United Way of Lane County, member and Past President of the City Club of Eugene, former City of Eugene Planning Commission member for two terms, Past President of the Association of College Unions International where she was a Butts-Whiting award recipient, member of the Eugene Library Foundation Board of Directors, member of the Eugene Opera Board, and founding member and steering committee member of Women in Philanthropy, and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Additionally, she was a member of Zonta International and Past President of Zonta Club of Eugene where she was awarded the Eva B. Collins Award for Community Service. She served as a delegate to Zonta’s conferences in Victoria, B.C. and Hong Kong, and also served as Treasurer of Zonta District 8.

A highly accomplished woman, talented scholar, and long time student inspirer, Ms. McMillan will certainly be missed. Her memorial service will be at the EMU Ballroom on May 24, 2010. The doors will open at 3:30 p.m. with the celebration to begin at 4:00 p.m. There will be a reception in the Adell McMillan Art Gallery immediately after and the entire event to conclude about 6:30 p.m. I will be there paying my respects, maybe I will see some of you there as well.

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