Victoria Sprang, associate director for advancement for the UW Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, has established IAS’s first-ever scholarship endowment in honor of her mother, Nony Clark Milmoe, for her dedication to, and love of, higher learning and to recognize her sacrifices that paved the way for her children and their children to pursue their dreams.
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Nony Clark Milmoe was born in Boston, MA. Her father, Henry Wadsworth Clark, was a history professor and football coach at Harvard (and an All-American center for the football team as a student). Her mother, Merle McClellan Clark, graduated from Bellingham Normal School (now Western Washington University) and taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Spokane, WA before marrying Henry Clark and moving east. They had six children, one of whom died very young. Nony is the youngest of four daughters and one son.
When Nony was three the family moved to Easton, PA where her father taught history and was director of athletics at Lafayette College. Nony and her siblings spent summers on their farm growing and preserving food for the rest of the year. From an early age, Nony worked hard for her family’s welfare. She was, and still is, an avid reader. Growing up in an academic family, she developed a strong respect for the importance of education.
During her teens, Nony’s life took a dramatic turn when her mother and father divorced and her mother moved back west to Seattle, WA. It was there that she and her older sister (and best friend) Janet attended Roosevelt High School and then the University of Washington where they pledged sororities and began their exciting college careers. While at UW, Nony met her first husband and had their first child. After the birth of their son, Nony decided to quit school to raise him while her husband continued his studies at UW.
Nony and her family moved to San Francisco in the early 1960s where they quickly embraced the artistic community as writers and actors in in an avant-garde acting troupe. Nony, a natural actor, found immediate success and joy on the stage. Soon thereafter, Nony and her husband divorced. As a newly single mom, she tried many times to finish her degree but raising her children and providing a stable home life was her first priority. She instilled the importance of education in her children and her two daughters went on to earn Bachelor degrees from Western Washington University and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her son shares his love of reading with his mother.
Nony has spent her life attending higher education classes, including several years studying classic Russian Literature while working and traveling with her second husband Robert Milmoe. The two live in La Jolla, CA, where they have been since the late 1970s. They set off to sail around the world from San Francisco and landed in the San Diego area, deciding it was a good place to set down roots. (Bob’s oldest daughter lives there and his youngest is in the Bay Area.) They spent the first 10-15 years living on their sailboat before moving to dry land where they continue to have wonderful adventures (they only recently stopped playing tennis and skiing).
Nony and Bob are beloved grandparents to two granddaughters and three grandsons. Her oldest grandchild inherited her love of education. He is an alum of Sam Houston State University, University Of Oregon, and Stephens College. Her oldest granddaughter graduated from UW Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Seattle University with M.Ed. Her youngest granddaughter is an alum of Western Washington University, carrying on the tradition of her great grandmother and her aunt.