Hugh Meglone Milton: A Life Beyond Duty
Biography by Walter G. Hines and edited by Martha Shipman Andrews


274 pages 73 illustrations; 7 x 10
ISBN 978-1-936744-44-2 ($24.95 pb)
978-1-936744-53-4 (ePub)

A publication in collaboration with the
New Mexico State University Library & Archives



“Hugh M. Milton II possesses a vision which makes him seem to stand taller and see farther than our age finds usual. He champions individual man and asserts the continuity of human experience, imposing responsibility on every man for every action…As professor, dean, university president, a General of the Army in World War II and member of the Secretariat under Eisenhower, he has sought to serve humanity in war and peace. His awareness of the world’s inadequacies never imperils his faith in the power of individual commitment.”

Dr. Marian P. Hardman

Hugh M. Milton began his remarkable career in 1924 as professor of engineering at the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. By 1938 he had assumed the presidency of the college and steered it through an accreditation scandal that might have caused the institution’s disintegration. In 1941 he took temporary leave of his academic career when the U. S. Army recalled him to service. Col. Milton figured prominently, strategically and heroically in the Pacific Theatre, rising to the rank of Brigadier General. After the war Milton returned briefly to New Mexico and the academic world but in 1950 a series of brilliant military promotions culminated in his appointment as Assistant and, later, Undersecretary of the Army. In 1961 he retired to his adopted state of New Mexico where he resisted recruitment to run for governor but remained active as a prolific and much coveted speaker, writer, and historian. His qualities of heroism, wisdom, vision, uncompromised integrity, public service, and eclectic interests combine to reveal a New Mexican of incomparable stature.

October 23, 2015, 2:00pm — New Mexico State University Homecoming Presentation, Room 103, Hernandez Hall (Engineering Complex II), Las Cruces, NM
October 24, 2015, abt. 11am — Book signing at NMSU Bookstore/Barnes & Noble, University Blvd., Las Cruces, NM
November 14 & 15, 2015, 2015 New Mexico Jewish Historical Society Conference, The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Las Cruces, NM