SCMA is deeply saddened to announce that Richard Millen passed away on March 10, 2010. Richard was 89 years young and was one of those whose inspiration created this organization at its inception. His bright light saw us through over two decades of growth. He leaves us as a Board Member, having been elected “in perpetuity” in 2007. He is one of our two treasures, along with Ken Cloke, for whom our annual Peacemaker of the Year award is now named. He taught at the Neighborhood Justice Center (now DRS), Pepperdine’s Straus Institute, and California State Dominguez Hills and helped to start the first court-annexed mediation program in the Los Angeles Superior Court (the pre-cursor to today’s program). Many of us were trained by him, influenced by him, and heard him speak at conferences, as often from the audience as from the front of the room. A deeply spiritual man, with vigorous energy and strong beliefs about how mediation should remain “pure” and uninstitutionalized, he continued to mediate cases at 88 years of age. As his family is holding a private memorial service for him, the mediation community is working on putting together a tribute and will be in touch soon with more news. We have lost a great peacemaker and teacher. His presence will be missed.
We will be having an informal gathering to celebrate the life of Richard Millen on Thursday evening, May 27 beginning at 6:30pm at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset Boulevard and invite you to join us. Ken Cloke, Harcourt Hervey, Laurel Kaufer, Ron Supancic and I will plan on saying a few words about Richard, and would like to invite you to do so, as well, if you feel so moved. We are hoping that Richard’s family will join us.
The Luxe has generously provided us with the space to gather. They will have a no-host bar open for those who will join us in a toast to Richard. We have also made a reservation at the hotel restaurant for dinner following this gathering, for those of us who wish to stay for one final Dinner with Richard and invite all of you to join us. If you are interested in joining for dinner, please let Lee Jay know so that the restaurant can be adequately prepared.
We hope you will join us.
All our best,
Lee Jay, Laurel and Harc