Richard Pence Mills, MD, MPH died on May 9 from Covid-19. He was 76 years of age.
Dick grew up in Chicago, the son of a professor of argumentation and debate at Northwestern University, He completed college and medical school at Yale with outstanding marks. He then moved to Seattle and, after residency and fellowship training, practiced neuro-ophthalmology.
Dick loved neuro-ophthalmology but added glaucoma as a second specialty. I got to know Dick in the early 1980s. We met in several conferences, and had a great interest in perimetry and glaucoma in common - and we both did our glaucoma fellowships with Stephen Drance. Dick was of great help in our work on developing computerized perimetry already in the 1980s.
Dick was very active in the IPS serving as scientific secretary from 1990 to 1996, and as treasurer from 2000 to 2004. He was also the host of the 1994 IPS meeting Washington, D.C. It was a very positive experience to work with him for the IPS, and to co-edit an IPS Proceedings volume with him. Dick edited four different Perimetry Update volumes and was honored at the 2010 IPS meeting, as the IPS lecturer.
In addition to his great involvement with the IPS Dick had many other even more prominent positions: as council chair and president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, as editor of their Eyenet magazine for 20 years, as director of the American Board of Ophthalmology and trustee of the Washington State Medical Association. He was on the board of Prevent Blindness America, and he was a member of the Glaucoma Research Society, and received many awards including a President’s Call to Service Award from president Barack Obama.
Dick was very sharp, and had a great sense of humor, and a characteristic laugh - but he was always kind, He was a very good, trustworthy and helpful friend. We are many who share the grief of Dick’s wife Karen and their three daughters. He will be truly missed,