Allan Grosvner Millikan died on Thursday, August 29, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Laura, his first wife, Nancy, and his son, Mark. He was survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth Goodrich Millikan, his children Dave, Laura, Melanie, Craig, Ellen, and Janice, as well as his grandchildren, Carissa, Lindsey, Joel, Shannon, Rick, Teagan, Max, Chloe, Eve, Jacob, and Bobby. He was also survived by his three younger brothers, Dave, Roger, and Joel.
Al was born July 31 St , 1927 in Charleston, W. Virginia, the oldest son of Robert and Laura Millikan followed by three brothers Dave, Roger and Joel. Al married Nancy McCombs after both graduated from Oberlin College. They went on to complete their master degrees at Purdue University. They moved to Rochester where Al began a patent filled career becoming a senior research scientist at Eastman Kodak until his early retirement in 1982. Together they started a family with four greatly loved children Mark, Dave, Laura and Melanie. Unfortunately, Nancy died early in 1976. This left Al adrift until he met Beth who reignited his passion for living. With Al and Beth’s marriage in 1977, the families united and Al relished the addition of Craig, Ellen and Janice to the family. He has always been extremely proud of his children and grandchildren. Once retired, Al was able to enjoy more time with Beth, his family, and his many various hobbies including skiing, music, sound systems, playing the French horn in New Horizons band, traveling, birding, gourmet cooking, woodworking, bird carving, photography and building two houses.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at the First Unitarian Church on South Winton Road at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. In lieu of flowers, all donations can be sent to New Horizons Music’s Play It Forward program at ECMS 26 Gibbs Street, Rochester NY 14604.
Eastman Rochester New Horizons Music’s “Play It Forward” – our mission is to inspire elementary students in the city of Rochester to reach their full potential through music education. Band members have been volunteering at two elementary schools’ instrumental band programs providing one on one instruction to the students who wish to play an instrument. They provide timely instrument repair, volunteer student mentoring including SOTA audition preparation, private lessons at ECMS and Hochstein School of Music, preparation for ECMS Pathways program, summer music camps, and will provide an instrument if necessary.