Remembering Dudley Millikin
by Dave Halloran
We lost Dud Millikin earlier this month, succumbing to kidney cancer after a year long struggle. Dud and I were close friends in our undergraduate days, and saw one another in flight training along with Tom Dixon, both of them in the Marine Corps. We had a good time. After flight school, Dud went to the Western Pacific , Japan and the Philippines, and then served an additional six years in the reserves after his commitment, with an "almost" decision to make the Corps a career. Instead, he worked in the aerospace Industry and our paths crossed occasionally at airshows and the like. His focus at Curtiss Wright, then becoming GE was on small jet engines that found their market outlet in the corporate jet and commuter/regional market, and he excelled at that activity. As GE Burlington's VP of Business Development , Dud led the charge with Bombardier of Canada to develop the smaller jets and make them generate good profits at affordable prices for the clientele. Aviation Week recognized him in 1998 for his leadership of that team.
Dudley is survived by Elizabeth, his wife of 47 years and three children. Bunny can be reached at their Andover, MA home at 109 Holt Road, Andover, 01810-4123. Dudley is five star, all the way, and he is missed. Later, Man. Dave