True Longhorn Celebrates His 90th Birthday

Denver L. Mills, BS ’57, Life Member, celebrated his 90th birthday on Dec. 30, 2020. Mills was the first in his family to attend college and was a member of Tau Beta Pi. He earned his master’s degree from Stanford and worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers for 21 years, retiring in 1986 with the Army’s Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. He then worked as chief engineer at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, and as an engineer with Emerson Construction before establishing Denver L. Mills Construction Engineering Company.

A proud member of the Choctaw tribe, Mills and his family established the Denver L. and Jackie L. Mills Endowed Scholarship for Civil Engineering at UT Austin in 2005. He is pictured above with his wife and two daughters, Nancy Mills Mackey, BJ ’76, and Susan L. Mills Humiston, BS ’81, MEd ’94, Life Members.

His granddaughter, Erin L. Miller Warner, BS ’03, Life Member, was a member of Tau Beta Pi, and great-granddaughter Emerson Mackey, is a current freshman. Mills and his wife, Jackie, have been married for 69 years, and he is the proud “Papa” to seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


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