Texas Tech University

Roberta Arrowsmith Mills Memorial Endowed Scholarship


The Roberta Arrowsmith Mills Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in 2013 by Louis Mills, a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, in memory of his mother. The scholarship is awarded to upper level undergraduate students majoring in the Department of Landscape Architecture with a demonstrated interest in urban design.

Roberta Arrowsmith Mills was a prominent civic leader and wife of the first County Executive of Orange County and passed away Saturday, April 29, 2006 after a long illness with cancer. The daughter of the late William Walter and Dorothy Ayres Arrowsmith, she was born on July 17, 1925 in South Orange, N.J. Roberta moved with her family to Wellesley Hills, Mass. in 1932, where she attended Dana Hall Lower School. Her family later moved to San Jose, Calif., where she became the Vice President of her class and Prom Queen at the Bowles Military Academy. Upon graduation, she received the Good Citizen Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. She attended Bryn Mawr College, and during the summer of 1943, she held a wartime job with the St. John's shipyard. Roberta played on the shipyard's softball team and was crowned Miss Florida Softball of 1943. On June 15, 1945, she married Louis Van Orden Mills, former Middletown Mayor and Orange County's first County Executive.

After her marriage, she graduated from Columbia College, School of General Studies. Mrs. Mills continued to be active in athletics throughout her life; she competed for two college swimming teams and swam daily until her recent illness. Mrs. Mills also successfully competed in ladies' singles and mixed doubles tennis tournaments in Orange County and elsewhere. She has won or been finalist in several past county championships. Mrs. Mills has served as President of the Middletown Girl Scout Council, President of the Orange County Citizens Foundation, President and longtime member of the Garden Club of Orange County. She was an original member of the Park Commission of Orange County, and was a former member of the Thrall Library Board in Middletown. A statement from longtime friend, Harriet Bloom reads: "Roberta never sought the limelight for all she did." Roberta was married to her husband for 61 years, Louis V. Mills. The had two sons: John Stewart Mills, an environmental coordinator for the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management and his wife, Laura, of Davis, Calif., and Dr. Louis V. Mills, Jr., Professor of Landscape Architecture at Texas Tech University and his wife, Monica, of Lubbock. They had two grandchildren: grandson, John Stewart Mills and his wife, Corrie, of California; granddaughter, Sarah Bailey Mills of Davis, Calif.; and three great-grandsons: Justin, Andrew and Ryan.

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