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In Memoriam - David Millett

October 05, 2018

In Memoriam - David Millett

AsMA was saddened to hear of the death of David P. Millett, M.D., M.P.H.

   A native of New York City, Dr. Millett received his undergraduate degree from Denison University. He graduated from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1968. After medical school, he spent 2 years as an assistant resident in surgery at the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. He graduated from the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine in April 1971. He received his M.P.H. from Florida International University in 1987.
   Dr. Millett served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force from 1970–1978, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Medical Corps. He served as Chief of Aviation Medicine at Shaw AFB from 1975–1978, thereafter remaining in the Reserves until 1990. He was particularly proud of his service as the Assistant Air Attaché and Post Medical Officer at the American Embassy in Moscow from 1973–1975. In 1978 he was designated a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner and in the same year became Director of Flight Medicine for Eastern Air Lines, serving in that position until 1987. After several years of private practice, he was chosen to be the FAA Regional Flight Surgeon for the Southern Region in 1990 and held that position until 2007. His teaching positions included Adjunct Professor, Embry-Riddle University (1980–1987), Adjunct lecturer at Florida International University (1988–1990), and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University (1990 until his retirement).
   Dr. Millett was a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, a Fellow of the Aerospace Medicine Association (AsMA), a trustee, Fellow, and Executive Vice President of the Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA), a member of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, and Past President of the Airlines Medical Directors Association (AMDA, 2015–2016). He had served on many AsMA committees for 35 years. He was chairman of the Air Transport Medicine Committee for 5 years and chairman of arrangements twice. He was the chair of the program and arrangements for the AMDA meeting three times.
   Dr. Millet's awards include the John A. Tamisiea Award from AsMA, a President’s Commendation and the Harris Award from CAMA, the Joint Services Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the FAA Flight Surgeon of the Year, the FAA Regional Employee of the Year, the FAA Spirit Award, several FAA Superior Accomplishment Awards, the CAMA President’s Award, and an Honorary Membership in Birds of a Feather. He presented and authored numerous scientific papers on aviation medicine, including the memorable presentation on the “Mystery of the Red Sweat” at the AsMA meeting in 1983. In recent years, he has represented CAMA at AsMA meetings, often presenting the Tamisiea Award. We will miss his larger than life presence at AsMA meetings.