Review collaborator, the late Bill Sears, written “with malice toward none, with charity for all” (except airport managers: Bill logged nearly 8,000 hours as a private pilot).
As well as receiving several fellowships for research abroad, Milton received the Otto Laporte Award of the American Physical Society in 1986 and the Fluid Dynamics Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1997. He is also remembered for three outstanding works of public service—NACA Report 1135, Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, and the “Album.”
Milton’s private interests included music—he played violin in a Harvard orchestra—and all kinds of outdoor activities from camping to mountain climbing. He was also good at making things, including much of the furniture in his first house.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sylvia, who nursed him at home until his death; his sons Russell, Eric, Christopher, Brooke, and Byron; his daughter, Nina; and nine grandchildren.
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