Condolence & Memory Journal

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Posted by Sherri Smith - AKRON, OH   December 25, 2015

Dr. Mills was not only my teacher at Kent, but also my good friend. In addition to creative writing classes, he hosted a weekly workshop for students who were interested in writing. There he revealed so much of his character as a deeply thoughtful and enlightened person, some who loved the written word and loved sharing his enthusiasm for it, as well a subtle, wonderful sense of humor. He was such a great help to young people who were interested in writing, and opened our eyes to the kinds of things that might be achieved. In short he was a great teacher. I thought the world of him. He will be greatly missed.

My condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by Michael Rusnak - Stow, OH - Student of Dr. Mills   December 19, 2015

Such a gentleman, Dr. Mills seemed to be. And such a jeweler in his approach to poetry. And so, so funny. I'd spend hours in his (emeritus) office in Satterfield Hall as he read his (& others') latest work, and we'd laugh & laugh, & Dr. Mills inevitably would cry with laughter. Great times. I'll always remember him like that. He'll always be my ideal audience. His influence on my life was profound.

Posted by David Moyle    December 14, 2013

A very critical colleague once
called Lloyd "the best poet in Kent"--and in a city full of poets, that's quite a compliment. Lloyd was also a Southern gentlemanCEMcJ.

Posted by Bill and Ann Hildebrand - Munroe Falls OH, OH - colleague   December 12, 2013

I am sorry for the loss of your father.

Posted by Ms. Kevin "KB" Benstock - Loveland, CO - Long ago friend of the family.   December 12, 2013

Dear Jane,
My sincerest condolences to you and your family. May fond memories of your father bring you comfort during this time.

Posted by Alice Crosetto - Toledo, OH - friend   December 12, 2013

I am a published poet today in large part because of Prof. Mills. At a time when I was very much "in the poetry closet" so to speak, Dr. Mills entered my poetry in the Engleman Award competition and I won that award in 1976. He saw poetry in me at a time when I did not see it in myself. He believed in me at a time when I needed someone I respected to tell me I could write. Over the years, we remained in touch. When I returned to KSU to teach, he was one of the first people I contacted. I will always cherish our relationship. I am proud to be one of his former students.

Posted by Mwatabu S. Okantah - Akron, OH - Student   December 11, 2013

Wonderful memories, thank you for sharing with us. Love and comfort to all of you.

Posted by Amy with AMS Title    December 11, 2013

Jane and Thomas....I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your father/father in-law. It sounds like he led a very fulfilling and rich life. My thoughts will be with your family in this difficult time.

Posted by Howard Burkert - Monclova, OH - friend of family   December 11, 2013

I am so very sorry for your loss, Jane and Thomas. My heart and prayers go out to both of you, Ben, Justine, and little Isla. May God comfort you in your time of sadness. Cling to your many wonderful memories to help you through this difficult time.

Posted by Tyna Derhay - Toledo, OH - friend   December 11, 2013

What an amazing man and legacy. My deepest sympathy to you both, Jane and Thomas. Sending prayers up for peace.

Posted by Lucy Duhon - OH - colleague   December 11, 2013


Thomas and Jane,

I'm so sorry about the passing of your father-in-law/father. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family.


Posted by Marlene Porter - Toledo, OH - colleague   December 11, 2013

Bob and I are so sad for the loss of your father. Ralph, Ellen and Jane, be strong together and keep his memory alive. Your mom is so happy that they are together again. We will keep you in our prayers.

Posted by Sue Egan - Slidell, LA - Sister in law   December 10, 2013