Edward McMillan

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Edward L. McMillan

(American historian)

Born January 28, 1929
Attala County, Mississippi
Died May 24, 2018 (aged 89)
Ridgeland, Madison County

Clinton (Mississippi) Cemetery

Spouse Carnette Rackley McMillan (married c. 1951-2018, his death)

Two sons
Five grandchildren

Religion Southern Baptist

Edward L. McMillan (January 28, 1929 – May 24, 2018) was an American historian and college administrator associated with the Southern Baptist-affiliated Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi, from 1973 until his retirement in 2004. First the chairman of the history and political science department, he subsequently was appointed the vice president for graduate studies and special projects.[1]

McMillan graduated from Koscuisko High School in his native Attala County, Mississipp. He subsequently received his bachelor's degree from Mississippi College, his master's from the University of Mississippi at Oxford, and his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Prior to his time at Mississippi College, he taught at two other Southern Baptist-related institutions, Wayland Baptist in Plainview, Texas, from 1950 to 1960, and Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana, at which he was a faculty member from 1961 to 1972.[2]

At Wayland University, McMillan directed the Plains American Heritage program. At Louisiana College, he served two years as Dean of the College and as the chairman of the history and political science department. He was elected President of the Conference of Louisiana Colleges and Universities. He also served as faculty advisor for national honor societies, Alpha Chi and Alpha Psi Omega. At Mississippi College, he was the chairman of the Triple Anniversary Steering Committee directed the College Self-Study for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He was listed in Who's Who in South and Southwest, Outstanding Educators; Who's Who in America, Personalities in the South, American Scholars, and Who's Who in Education. With his wife of sixty-seven years, the former Carnette Rackley, who survives him, McMillan directed a special program of study in London, England. In 1990, he launched a study program held during the annual spring break. More than 750 traveled abroad under the McMillans' tutelage.[1]

He was active in the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, the Lions International, and was a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and finance committee member at the First Baptist Church of Clinton. The McMillans had two children, David McMillan, Sr., of Front Royal in Warren County, Virginia, and Dale (spouse Karon) of Clinton, Mississippi, and five grandchildren. McMillan died in Ridgeland in Madison County, Mississippi, at the age of eighty-nine. He is interred at Clinton Cemetery in Hinds County, Mississippi. The McMillan Foreign Studies Scholarship at Mississippi College is named in his honor.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dr. Edward L. McMillan. Old.findagrave.com (May 27, 2018). Retrieved on May 30, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dr. Edward L. McMillan. The Alexandria (Louisiana) Town Talk. Retrieved on May 30, 2018.