Obituary: Florence Dalrymple McMillan

October 28, 1939 ~ August 3, 2021

Florence Dalrymple McMillan, age 81, died on August 3 in Door County, Wisconsin.

She is survived by her sisters, Susan Wilson (Steve) of Long Lake, MN and Judy Wood (Michael) of Wayzata, MN; brother, Jack Dalrymple (Betsy) of Bismarck, ND; and her four children, William McMillan (Mary) of Long Lake, MN, Marcia McDonough (Tim) of Belvedere, CA, Sally Draper (John) of Chicago, IL, and Phoebe McMillan (Nicholas Cortesi) of Chicago, IL; as well as her four grandchildren, Matthew and Margaret McMillan and Malcolm and Henry McDonough.

Florri was preceded in death by her parents, John Stewart Dalrymple and Mary Knoblauch Dalrymple Morrison and her ex-husband, William Griffith McMillan.

Born in Casselton, ND in 1939, Florri grew up on the family farm and later graduated from Northrop Collegiate School in Minneapolis, MN in 1957. She was a proud graduate of Smith College’s class of 1961.

Florri was a charismatic Buddhist and was fearlessly devoted to her family. She actively engaged in many creative pursuits, including Quadrangle Players and the Chicago Literary Club, and she was an avid supporter of the fine arts in Door County. She devoted herself to civic activities including co-founding the Illinois Coalition for Handgun Control and serving on the Woman’s Board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago (51 years) and The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital (47 years).

Florri’s sharp intellect and fierce thirst for knowledge were fueled by an indefatigable energy and a perpetually packed social calendar. Her spirit brought great joy to all.

A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, August 10 at 3 PM at The Casino Club (195 East Delaware Place, Chicago, IL). In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Smith College (Smith College Gift Accounting Stoddard Annex, 23 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01063 or online at, The Lyric Opera of Chicago (20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 860, Chicago, IL 60606), or Northwestern Memorial Hospital (541 North Fairbanks Court, Suite 800, Chicago, Illinois 60611 or

Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC of Sturgeon Bay are assisting the McMillan family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Florri may be shared with her family through her tribute page at