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In Memory of

Thomas Jay MIlls

December 15, 1980 - Unknown

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Thomas Jay (T.J.) Mills passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015 at his home in Eugene, Oregon. T.J. was born December 5, 1982, in Millville, California. He moved to Eugene in 2001, attending the University of Oregon, where he completed his BA in Chemistry and was near completion of his PhD in Physical Chemistry.T.J. made significant contributions to the field of Physical Chemistry. The results of his research at the University of Oregon were published in Physical Review Letters, a premier physics academic journal. His work involved developing a theoretical model and computer simulation of new...

Thomas Jay (T.J.) Mills passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015 at his home in Eugene, Oregon. T.J. was born December 5, 1982, in Millville, California. He moved to Eugene in 2001, attending the University of Oregon, where he completed his BA in Chemistry and was near completion of his PhD in Physical Chemistry.T.J. made significant contributions to the field of Physical Chemistry. The results of his research at the University of Oregon were published in Physical Review Letters, a premier physics academic journal. His work involved developing a theoretical model and computer simulation of new materials that absorb sunlight and use its energy to make hydrogen and oxygen gases. His research could increase the possibility of using hydrogen as a carbon-free fuel to replace fossil fuels. Scientists worldwide have begun to use T.J.'s work to guide their research. T.J. was an accomplished musician who wrote numerous original compositions for the piano influenced by Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Scriabin. While living in Shasta County, he played guitar for the punk rock band After the Fall and delivered a solo classical piano performance at Shasta College. During his time in Eugene, he was a member of a Brazilian percussion band and a pianist in a tango band. T.J. is survived by his parents, Mark and Denise (Denny) Mills; his brothers, Richard (Ricky) and Casey Mills; his nieces, Anna and Lorelei Mills; his nephew, Forrest Mills; uncles and aunts, Greg and Martha Mills, Stephen and Judy Dean, and David and Jeannette Hummel; longtime partner, Anna Goldreyer; a vibrant community of friends in Eugene, including Ashley Wright; and numerous other cousins, colleagues, and friends.His playful, anarchic sense of humor will be deeply missed by those who knew him, as well as his unusually powerful intellect and remarkable ability to see through preconceived notions.There will be a private family service for T.J. Friday, March 20th. A celebration of T.J.'s life will be held in Eugene at a later date. -