Jesuit Father William H. Millerd died on Oct. 18, 2015, at Manresa Hall outside Philadelphia. He was 81 and a Jesuit priest for 47 years.
A native of Washington, D.C., Fr. Millerd was an alumnus of Gonzaga High School and entered the Society of Jesus at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Fordham University and later received a Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 1968.
For more than 25 years, Fr. Millerd worked tirelessly for social justice and scientific advances. He dedicated himself to the cause of seeing a reduction in the arms race and for responsible investments in Central America. He also worked in the Center for Science and Public Interest in Washington, D.C., as Director of the Interfaith Coalition on Energy.
In 2003, Fr. Millerd moved to Baltimore to teach mathematics and physics at Loyola High School (now Loyola Blakefield). In 2010, he moved to the Colombiere Jesuit Community and then to Manresa Hall in Philadelphia in 2013, where he died peacefully on Oct. 18, 2015.