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Obituary: Henry A. Millon 1927-2018

by Washington Post | Apr 09, 2018
Henry Armand Millon passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 2, 2018. He was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, on February 22, 1927, the second of three sons. His father was an aerial photographer; his mother, a daughter of the publisher of a French language newspaper in New York. In March 1944 he entered a U.S. Navy ROTC program at Tulane University where, after active duty in 1946, he returned to obtain sequential undergraduate degrees in English, Physics, and Architecture. Thereafter he attended Harvard University where he received a Master's in Architecture and Urban Design, and a Master's and Ph.D. in History of Art. After three years in Italy as a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome preparing a dissertation, he returned to Cambridge in 1960 to teach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Visiting Professor. From 1974 to 1977 he was director of the American Academy in Rome. He was appointed the first dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, in 1979 and presided over the Center for 21 years, having set an international standard of excellence for research institutes in the history of art and architecture.
 
He is survived by his wife Judith Rice Millon; four children, Henri, Hadrian, Phoebe, and Aaron; and four grandchildren, Julia, Nicholas, Giovanni and Luca.
 
A funeral service will take place on Sunday, April 8, at 3:30 p.m. at St. Columba's Episcopal Church 4201 Albemarle Street NW, Washington, DC.

Dr. Millon joined SAH in 1958, served as SAH President in 1968-1969 and was a member of the Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award Committee in 2007-2008.  


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