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Dr. Bob Milne and the R.E.A. Milne Scholarship

by Lynne Belluscio

Last Thursday, while dedicated volunteers were placing flags on veterans’ gravesites at Machpelah Cemetery, I happened to check to see if the flag had been placed on Dr. Milne’s grave.  It’s not an imposing stone, just flush with the ground and I had to move some of the grass clipping to take the picture.

You may have heard of Dr. Milne, especially if you know of a student who has received a LeRoy Rotary Scholarship, because the scholarship was established in the memory of Dr. Robert (Bob) E. A. Milne. Over the years, thousands of dollars have been given out to hundreds of LeRoy college students. The scholarship is given throughout four years of school.

Bob Milne was born in Welland, Canada on April 6, 1900. He graduated from the Toronto University School of Medicine in 1925 and interned at General Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. According to one historian, he served in the Canadian armed services during World War I, but little is known about his unit or length of service.

He practiced medicine at Waterdown, Ontario for nine years before moving to LeRoy in 1936. He was active in the community, serving on the Board of Education, and was a member of the Genesee County Medical Association, Olive Branch Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, the Oatka Hose Company, and the Presbyterian Church.

In 1940, he became a charter member of the LeRoy Rotary Club. In 1943, although he was 43, he enlisted in the Air Force. He saw active duty in the Italian and African Campaigns and was promoted to the rank of Major with the 41st Air Group of the Army Aviation Medical Corps. Just before he was to be discharged, he developed meningitis and was seriously ill for several weeks. His discharge was deferred and he did not leave the service until the early months of 1946. He returned home to continue his practice. He and his wife Evelyn, and their two sons, Bruce and Robert, lived on Wolcott Street.    READ MORE

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