Priscilla McMillan

Priscilla Johnson McMillan

Advisory Board Center Associate

Independent Historian

Priscilla Johnson McMillan was a historian and the author of three critically acclaimed books: The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer; Kruschev and the Arts:The Politics of Soviet Culture, 1962-1964; and Marina and Lee: The Tormented Love and Fatal Obsession Behind Lee Harvey Oswald’s Assassination of John F. Kennedy.

McMillan was known particularly for her work and expertise on U.S. nuclear arms policy, and for being the only person to have known both Lee Harvey Oswald and John F. Kennedy prior to Kennedy’s assassination.

McMillan worked for JFK for a time in the mid 1950s and had interviewed Oswald in Moscow when she was working as a journalist there and he attempted to defect to the Soviet Union in 1959.

Known for her meticulous gathering and careful parsing of information from Cold War era historical events, McMillan was the leading anti-conspiracy theorist among those who have written about the JFK assassination.

McMillan received a McArthur Award in 1989 for Research and Writing. She held a B.A. from Bryn Mawr and a Masters of Russian Studies from Harvard University. McMillan was an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.

In Memoriam: Priscilla Johnson McMillan, 1928–2021