Louis K. McMillan Jr., research analyst, Olympic rower

September 21, 2012
Louis K. McMillan Jr.
research analyst, Olympic rower

Louis K. McMillan Jr., 83, a retired research analyst who was a member of the 1952 U.S. Olympic rowing team, died Sept. 13 at Crystal Bay, an assisted living facility in Destin, Fla.

He had dementia, said his daughter, Cameron McFeeters.

Mr. McMillan started working as a research analyst for the defense company Vertex Corp. in 1966 and subsequently worked for the Center for Naval Analyses. He retired in 1994 as a research analyst for Syscon Corp., a defense contractor.

Louis Kelly McMillan Jr. was born in Little Rock in 1929. He was a 1952 graduate of the Naval Academy, were he was a member of the rowing team, and a 1962 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. He served on active duty for 14 years and was a veteran of the Korean War. He remained in the Navy Reserve until 1982, retiring at the rank of captain.

He lived in Springfield for 30 years before moving to Destin in 1995.

Mr. McMillan was a member of the four-man U.S. crew team at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. He managed youth baseball teams and was a volunteer at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Springfield.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Helen Moore McMillan of Destin; two children, Cameron McFeeters of Silver Spring and Mark McMillan of San Francisco; and three grandsons.

— Megan McDonough