ICEC mourns the loss of Dr. Rodney R. Million, a pioneer in radiation oncology and a true innovator combining technology with research to improve the quality of cancer care in the US and abroad. He was a champion of treating patients undergoing cancer treatment with dignity regardless of their ability to pay. He understood the value of clinical research to reduce mortality and improve the quality of life for those with cancer.
In 2018, in honor of Rodney’s transformational and innovative career, the Million family established the Rodney R. Million Fund for Innovation in Clinical Care. Recipients of the award provide a new skill set to the oncology team in cancer clinics and other areas within low- and middle-income countries worldwide.
Working with and supporting these leaders of the next generation, the Million fund, through ICEC, will help sustain careers and other related activities in global health and service to these struggling countries and other areas. Read more about Dr. Million and the Rodney R. Million Fund for Innovation in Clinical Care.
Rodney R. Million, MD., Obituary. The Gainesville Sun Feb. 2 to Feb. 3, 2021
Rod Million was born in Idaville, Indiana, and raised in Bloomington, where he graduated with a B.S in Anatomy and Physiology from Indiana University in 1950 and continued his post-graduate education, obtaining an MD in 1954. He served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air force from 1955-1958 in Morocco. After training in Therapeutic Radiology at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston, Texas, he took a position at the University of Florida, where he served as Chair and Professor from 1964 to 1992. He wrote numerous papers and books on his specialty, cancers of the head and neck. He was president of ASTRO (American Society of Therapeutic Radiology Radiation Oncology) in 1990 and honored with the Presidential Gold Medal in 1995. He was on the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Radiology, a founding member of the Fletcher Society, and editor for the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology of Physics. He served many public appointments, including the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute.
Rod was an avid fisherman and always up for a quick strike to locations across Florida with his friends or sons. Rod enjoyed painting, growing roses and building exquisite wooden canoes and surfboards at his Lake Santa Fe house. He is survived by his wife Marge, sons Jeff, Brad and Steve (Stephanie) and daughter Lynn, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family will have a private service.
In 2018 the Million family established the Dr. Rodney R. Million Fund for Innovation and Clinical Care through International Cancer Expert Core (ICEC), supporting medical students and doctors in the fight against cancer in low-income countries. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor can be made to the ICEC at Rodney R. Million fund for Innovation in Clinical Care.