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Theodore M. Mills, retired UB sociology professor

May 6, 1920 – June 19, 2016

A memorial service will be held Saturday for Theodore M. Mills, Ph.D., a retired sociology professor at the University at Buffalo who died June 19 at Schofield Residence Nursing Facility. He was 96.

Born in Fairfield, Ind., he moved with his family to Greensboro, N.C., where he graduated from high school.

Mr. Mills received a liberal arts bachelor’s degree from Guilford College in 1941, a master’s degree in sociology from Haverford College in 1942 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1952.

He served on the faculties of Harvard University, Yale University and UB, where he served as chairman of the Sociology Department from 1968 until 1972.

He was a fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University from 1964-65 and spent two years at the University of Oslo.

He was a leader and innovator in the study of small-group sociology.

A resident of Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood, he retired from UB in 1985.

Mr. Mills enjoyed sailing, boat building and exploring the far shores of Lake Ontario and the coast of Down East Maine.

As a conscientious objector during World War II and later as a Quaker, he worked to further human rights and peace through a philosophy of nonviolence.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Mary Jane; two sons, Duncan K. and Peter B.; a daughter, Sarah J.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Orchard Park Friends Meeting House, 6924 East Quaker St., Orchard Park.

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