Aaron Milton, One of Liberia’s Leading Architects, Dies

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The late Aaron Milton

Mr. Aaron B. Milton, Jr., one of Liberia’s leading architects, died over the weekend in Monrovia.

He was in his eighties. A 1953 graduate of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), Mr. Milton in the late 1950s became one Liberia’s first modern architects, along with his long time professional partner, Mr. Winston Richards.

Both Mr. Milton and Mr. Richards, in late 1958, established Liberia’s leading architectural firm, “Milton and Richards.”

Milton, as it has been in case of many other sons and daughters of Liberia who predeceased him, contributed immensely to the infrastructural development of his country through his construction architectural firm.

This firm, “Milton and Richards,” played a leading role in the architectural design of many landmark public buildings in Monrovia and Cape Palmas, Maryland County.

These public buildings included, the Masonic Temple at the apex of Benson Street, opposite the current U.S. Embassy; the Executive Mansion; and the Ducor Inter-Continental Hotel and several state buildings in Harper, Maryland County.

The children of both Mr. Milton and Mr. Richards followed in their footsteps. Mr. Milton’s son, Mark Milton, became a civil engineer and is now practicing in the USA.

Mr. Richards daughter, Mrs. Karen Richards Barnes, became herself an architect, and is now practicing in Liberia.

Mr. Winston Richards predeceased his long time professional colleague, Mr. Aaron Milton.

Funeral arrangements for Mr. Aaron Milton, a staunch member of the First United Methodist Church of Monrovia, will be announced later.

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  • David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Aaron Milton was a Liberian LEGEND! He was a dedicated servant of his people who contributed to the socio-economic development of our cou try. Thank you for your service my dear patriot. Rest in peace.✝️

  2. A Great Member of the “Tiger-Family” has fallen. A Bedrock of Liberia’s Architectural legacy has gone to rest! I will Personally miss the stern, yet loving guidance you provided, during the entire years I worked as part of the M&R family. What I am today, in it’s largest form, is directly linked to the opportunity Mr. Milton and Bor. Win provided me as a young kid (from BWI) in 1981. My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Milton, the Kids and your entire family. May your legacy provide us the fortitude to carry-on;….and May your soul rest in perpetual peace.
    With a broken Heart….,

    Eddie Flahn
    M&R, 1981-1985

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