George Hi`ilani Mills, Jr.

George lived a remarkable life, positively impacting and beloved by many. He was an extraordinary husband, father and grandfather and, as the University of Puget Sound's Vice President of Enrollment, for many decades he played a significant role in filling UPS' classrooms with bright, hardworking and inquisitive students who wanted to grow and become better. Lani, as he is known by family, unexpectedly passed on March 19, 2020 in Tacoma.
Born in Boston on February 23, 1947 to George Sr. and Barbara Mills, Lani grew up on the Island of O`ahu where he attended Punahou School. He then attended UPS, and successfully obtained a BS in Biology and Chemistry, an MS in Biology and attained his PhD from UW. At UPS he met and then married Nilmah Gray, the love of his life and wife of 49 years.
In 1970, George began his career at UPS in the admissions office, and by 1973, was appointed Director of Admissions. He was soon elevated to Dean and eventually Vice President for Enrollment.
George's greatest pride and joy was his family. He deeply loved his wife Nilmah; sons: George Hi`ilani III, "Tad" (Malia) and Grayson (Tricia); daughter Liz, and his cherished granddaughters: Ada, Paige and Fumiko. He also leaves behind his mother Barbara; brothers Kibby (Ronna) and James (Linda), and sister Pua (Bill) Ka`ai; nephews Kahaku and Koa, and niece Malie. Lani is predeceased by his father.

A scattering of his ashes at Punalu`u is pending.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased