October 24, 2022Reading Time: 2 minutes
December 30, 1948 – October 17, 2022
Daniel R Millen, Jr., 73 a native of Trenton, New Jersey passed away quietly on Monday, October 17, 2022, at Capital Health. He was a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia where he studied architecture.
Dan enjoyed the company of family and friends during the holidays, and always seemed to have a gift for everyone that was curious and unique. During his younger years, he played violin and was creative in the kitchen, as he loved to cook. Dan had a hearty deep laugh and loved to frequent restaurants indulging in the gastronomic pleasures of international foods. A favorite pastime was watching movies and videos and sharing them with family. Dan was supportive of all his family and friends.
When growing up in Hamilton, Dan had a passion for cars, often bringing home a classic that he drove about, with pleasure. Perhaps equal to or surpassing his joy of cars was his affinity for fishing. Dan loved going out ocean fishing. This happened when one of his cousins or friends said, “let’s go” and off he would.
Dan served in the New Jersey National Guard. He enjoyed a long and successful career as an architect. He was an Emeritus member, and Fellow, of the American Institute of Architects Central Section, a group whose members represent the field with exceptional work and contributions. Dan had served on the executive board of the NJSA (New Jersey Society of Architects), both as treasurer and secretary. In addition, he served as AIA NJ Regional Director from 1990-1992.
In his career, Dan acted as a project manager with the Hillier Group of Princeton, worked at Short and Ford Architects, and was a past NJ SDA (School Development Authority) Director of Architecture and Engineering. Further, he had started his own architectural firm. Dan’s architectural achievements were eclectic. He worked on diverse, complex, multi-building facilities, historic home renovations, and facility fire and life safety. He was instrumental in upgrades to the Squib facility in Princeton, building renovations to the Battelle Memorial Institute in Ohio, and building upgrades to AT&T labs. Dan acted as Project Manager at Vitetta, for the Mercer County Multi-purpose Arena.
Predeceased by his parents, Marie C. Millen and Daniel R. Millen Sr.; he is survived by his sister, Dorothy A. Millen; his niece, Caley Luna Millen-Pigliucci; and his many loving cousins and friends.
Architects are creative professionals, educated, trained, and experienced in the art and science of building design, and licensed to practice architecture. Their designs respond to client needs, wants and vision, protect public safety, provide economic value, are innovative, inspire and contribute positively to the community and the environment.