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John Walter Millar and his wife Grace, holding his award, at Millar's retirement party, School of Pharmacy, 1948
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Day (Robert L.) Collection
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Scope/Content: John Walter Millar in glasses, is sitting next to a woman, in a hat with veil, who is holding John Walter Millar Award at School of Pharmacy reception. 1878-1956 Professor Emeritus Professor John Walter Millar was born in Oakland, California, on December 1, 1878. He received the degree of Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of California in 1898, and the degree of Master of Science in chemistry in 1899. In 1901, after attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a graduate student, he entered the industrial field as a chemist in the explosives industry. Later identified with the sugar industry, he was active as superintendent of several beet sugar mills in the United States and Canada, and supervised the construction of cane mills in the Philippine Islands and in Indo-China. After the opening of hostilities in World War I, Professor Millar served as an officer in the United States Navy. On his return to the United States, he enrolled as a student in the California College of Pharmacy, being awarded the degree of Graduate in Pharmacy in 1925. Upon graduation, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy on a part-time basis, while operating a retail pharmacy in San Francisco. In 1932 he was appointed Professor of Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy, which position he held until his retirement in 1949. In addition to teaching chemistry, Professor Millar was interested in pharmacy administration and, during the last several years of his service, participated in this area of instruction. At the time of his retirement, members of the faculty and friends established the John Walter Millar Award in Pharmacy Administration. The ― 78 ― Award, which consists of a plaque on which the name of the recipient is inscribed, is made each year to the student who has demonstrated the highest scholarship in pharmacy administration. Professor Millar was both a York and Scottish Rite Mason and also a member of the Shrine. He was a member of the Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity and was extremely interested in all student activities. He had a pleasing sense of humor and a keen insight into student problems. His former students remember him with affection for his interest and guidance and for his ability as a teacher. He was held in great esteem by all who knew him. Professor Millar died, following a protracted illness, on January 31, 1956. He is survived by his widow, Grace L. Millar. S. J. Dean, Jr. D. C. Brodie R. C. Pratt
University of California, San Francisco. School of Pharmacy
School of Pharmacy
UCSF Campus Faculty Students
day collection
UCSF Collection MSS 2011-23
UCSF School of Pharmacy

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