August 1, 2011

Samuel H. McMillan, 75, a onetime professor in Tennessee who became a grants and proposal writer in Washington, died July 6 at his home in Arlington. He had pneumonia.

Dr. McMillan worked at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville from 1964 to 1976, becoming an English professor with specialties in modern drama and black literature.

In the next decade, he was a grants and proposal writer for the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, a division of the National Education Association. He spent the next 10 years as an educational consultant and writer.

Samuel Hubert McMillan Jr. was born in Galveston, Tex., and was raised in Tyler, Tex. He was a 1957 graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas and received a doctorate in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 1964.

He attained the level of silver life master in duplicate bridge and was a past board member of the Northern Virginia Bridge Association.

He was a former volunteer counselor with the Gay Men’s Counseling Collective in Washington and with the interracial dating group Black and White Men Together.

His marriage to Virginia McMillan ended in divorce. Survivors include his domestic partner of 36 years, Wesley Jones of Arlington; two children from his marriage; and four grandsons.