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August 31, 1994


Services for Russell C. Mills, 75, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 1994, at Adams Alumni Center. Burial will be in Pioneer Cemetery.

Mr. Mills died Thursday, Aug. 18, 1994, in Port Angeles, Wash.

He was born Nov. 13, 1918, in Milwaukee, the son of C.A. and Edith Parrett Mills.

He received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry in 1940, a master's in biochemistry in 1942 and his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1944, all from the University of Wisconsin.

Mr. Mills joined the faculty of the Kansas University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of biochemistry on Sept. 1, 1946, while the basic science departments were on the Lawrence campus. He was made a full professor and chairman of the biochemistry department in 1951. In 1962 he moved to the medical center, where he held several administrative positions, including associate vice chancellor for health affairs from 1972 to 1975. In 1979 he was associate to the chancellor and director of Kansas University's Long Term Gerontology Center, which he initiated and developed. The gerontology center has now been incorporated into the center on aging.

He retired in 1987 after many years as a biochemistry professor at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Mr. Mills was a member and chairman of the Kansas Statewide Health Coordinating Council, a member of the Federal Council on Aging and a member of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. Among other contributions to the Medical Center, Mr. Mills planned and coordinated the grant application which produced federal funds for the construction of the Orr-Major Building. He was also a member of the American Society of Biological Chemists; Gerontological Society of America; Western Gerontology Society (American Society on Aging); and the Mid-America Congress of Aging.

He married Margaret Muth on June 18, 1940, in Two Rivers, Wis. She survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Mills, Chicago, Ill., and Melissa Mills, Kansas City, Mo.; two sons, Randolph, Olathe and Peter, Durham, N.C.; a brother, Dr. Don H. Mills, Long Beach, Calif., and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Russell C. Jr., in 1991.

The family suggests memorials to the Center on Aging at the Kansas University Medical Center. They may be made in care of the Kansas University Endowment Association or Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

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