Longtime Orient resident Walter Millis III died Aug. 25. He was 81.
He was born Dec. 26, 1932, in New York City. After graduating from Amherst College and serving in the U.S. Army, he worked in television journalism, mainly as an assignment editor and field producer for NBC News. After 20 years in New York, he spent almost 20 years in London, where his work included travel to Iran, the former Soviet Union, India, Jordan, Afghanistan, Australia, Somalia, and many places in the British Isles and the rest of Western Europe.
Family members said Mr. Millis was an avid sailor who for many years kept a sailboat in Orient Harbor. They said he took his sons on many long and memorable boat trips down the East Coast from Orient in his own boat and to the west coast of Scotland, the canals of England and on charter boats in the Caribbean. He retired to Orient and spent his time sailing the waters he loved and serving as treasurer of the Orient Yacht Club. Family members said he will be deeply missed by family, friends and the Orient community.
Mr. Millis is survived by his wife, Alison; his sons, Andrew, Peter and Robert Millis; and one granddaughter.
Cremation was private. Memorial donations may be made to Oysterponds Historical Society.