Trustee Milton P. Higgins Dies

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute is saddened to announce the death of Trustee Milton P. Higgins who died February 19th at his home in Worcester. Milton and his family have been benefactors of WPI since its founding. His grandfather, for whom he was named, was appointed to the first faculty as superintendent of the Washburn Shops. His father, Aldus C. Higgins, was a 1893 graduate of WPI, a president of the WPI Alumni Association, and served as a trustee for almost three decades.

Milton Higgins worked for the betterment of WPI and the Worcester community throughout his life. He served as a member or trustee of practically every major institution in the community. At WPI, Milton Higgins served as a trustee for 31 years and as Board Chairman from 1971 to 1978.

His leadership guided the affairs of WPI at a time when higher education throughout the nation was being challenged to seek better ways to serve its constituents. The WPI Plan that was implemented during his tenure was revolutionary in concept and has helped maintain WPI's nationwide reputation for excellence in undergraduate technological education. He served as chairman of the WPI Centennial Fund (1965-68) which made possible the construction of Goddard Hall, Gordon Library, and Harrington Auditorium.

Milton would be the first to give credit to others for the significant accomplishments of WPI during his tenure as Board Chairman, and the importance of his faith in the institution and his effective leadership during unusually complex times was beyond measure. He was a man who cared, was involved, inspired all those around him, and fostered excellence - all tempered with a special sense of humor and humility. He will be greatly missed by the entire WPI community.

Expressions of sympathy may be addressed to his wife, Alice, and their five children, at: 757 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609