Michigan’s longest serving governor, who died last fall, will be the honored Thursday in a tribute in Traverse City.
William G. Milliken, who served as Michigan’s governor from 1969-1983, died last October in Traverse City. On Thursday, a celebration of Milliken’s life will begin at 2 p.m. at the Kresge Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts.
The tribute’s featured speakers include current Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer; Bill Rustem, a senior policy advisor to Milliken and former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder; retired Michigan State Police Cpt. Arlyn Brower; WXYZ-TV editorial director Chuck Stokes and journalist Jack Lessenberry.
Milliken was Michigan’s 44th governor and also served as lieutenant governor and in the state senate. Prior to serving as a public figure, he was president of the department store Milliken’s and served in World War II.
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