M.K. Milliken, 59, designer of projection screens

March 13, 2003

M.K. Milliken, a pioneering designer of projection screens used for visual displays, died of cancer Saturday at his Guilford home. He was 59.

Minot King Milliken was born and raised in New York City. He moved to Baltimore in 1965 after earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Milliken, who was known as "Kim," worked as a reporter for The Evening Sun for three years before moving in 1968 to Florence, Italy, where he continued writing and studied Italian.

FOR THE RECORD - M.K. Milliken:An obituary published yesterday for M.K. Milliken omitted a survivor, his sister, Daphne Milliken Webbe of Vail, Colo. The Sun regrets the error.

Returning to Baltimore, he established For the Record, a chain of Maryland-based record stores, in 1972. He sold the business in the early 1980s, and purchased a small Baltimore firm that he renamed Optixx Screen Systems.

Mr. Milliken focused on the design and manufacture of large projection screens employing new technologies.

In 1991, the company was acquired by Da-Lite Screen Co. of Warsaw, Ind., the world's largest manufacturer of projection screens.

Mr. Milliken stayed on, in charge of relations between Da-Lite and the audiovisual industry. He also wrote a series of papers on visual display.

He retired after his cancer was diagnosed in 2001.

Mr. Milliken, who lived in Bedford Place, enjoyed gourmet food and wine. He was a member of the Wine and Food Society of Baltimore, and enjoyed reading and listening to music.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, St. Paul Street and University Parkway.

Mr. Milliken is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Marina Zedda; a son, Ian M. Milliken of Nashville, Tenn.; three daughters, Laura J. Milliken of Warner, N.H., Francesca F. Milliken of Takoma Park and Emily E. Milliken of Boston; three brothers, Christopher C. Milliken of Chicago, Alexander S. Milliken of Santa Fe, N.M., and Seth M. Milliken of Salisbury, Conn.; and four grandsons.

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