Donald "Scott" Wills


The family of the late Donald Scott Wills of Duluth will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Bill Head Funeral Home Chapel in Duluth.

Wills, 51, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech, died peacefully at home Friday, Dec. 2.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Dec. 5, and also on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The Monday service will occur at 3 p.m. at Duluth First United Methodist, 3208 Duluth Hwy. 120.

Tuesday’s service will be a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at the Catholic Church of Saint Monica, 1700 Buford Hwy. The family will receive guests after the Mass in the church hall.

Wills joined the Georgia Tech faculty in 1991. He earned his B.S. in physics from Georgia Tech and his S.M., E.E., and Sc.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. His talent and commitment to teaching were recognized early in his career at Georgia Tech with the CETL/Amoco Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 1996.

In 2009, Professor Wills was awarded Georgia Tech's Outstanding Innovative Use of Education Technology Award for web-based educational resources and infrastructure that he developed to support core computer engineering courses.

Also, the 2009 ECE senior class voted to honor him with the Richard M. Bass/Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teacher Award. During his career, he has taught more than 2,880 students in 83 classes.

He was nominated for the W. Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award in 2011.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Wills; children, Rosemary and Frank; parents, Donald and Virginia Wills of Ocala, FL; sister, Kathleen Wills Rittenburg and nephew, Stephen Donald Rittenburg, both of Winter Haven, FL; and uncle, Robert and Lana Uhler of Moatsville, WV.

Donations may be sent to AIM at Melanoma, 3217 Bob O Link Court, Plano, TX 75093.

For more information, call Bill Head Funeral Home’s Duluth Chapel at 770-476-2535.

(Editor’s note: Obituary information provided by Bill Head Funeral Home Chapel- Duluth.)


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