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In Memoriam: Dr. James Robert Miller (1931-2014)

Dr. James Robert Miller

Dr. James Robert Miller, Jr., died on June 4, 2014 at the Compassionate Care Center, Richmond, Kentucky, surrounded by his family. He was 83.

Dr. Miller was born May 27, 1931 in Jacksonville, Florida, a son of Laurel Armstrong Miller and James Robert Miller. He graduated from Lanier High School for Boys in 1949, continued his education at Baylor University, Howard University and completed his first bachelor’s degree from Mercer University in Philosophy. He received a bachelor of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Kentucky and a PhD in Philosophy from Tulane University. He began his teaching career at Georgetown College, went on to West Georgia College and then to Eastern Kentucky University where he taught for 30 years and was chairman of the Philosophy and Religion Department.

Dr. Miller, who taught at EKU from 1971 until his retirement in 2001, is fondly remembered as a terrific teacher, tenacious debater and practical joker who kept his campus colleagues always on their toes with his antics. He was also active in the Faculty Senate, serving many years as its parliamentarian. He pastored several small and rural churches for 10 years before devoting his full-time service to teaching, and was a long-time member of the Wine Society.

A strong believer in the importance of religious liberty and tolerance, he titled his 2001 EKU summer commencement address, “An America Not Busy Being Born Is Busy Dying.”

A memorial service was held on June 11, at 11:00 am at Walnut Hall in the Keene Johnson Building, Eastern Kentucky University.

Dr. Richard Day's Eulogy for Dr. Miller can be read here, and includes a link to Dr. Miller's "Plantation Papers."

Some of the information above was obtained from the obituary of Dr. Miller has been posted at the Clark Legacy Center website:

Published on June 06, 2014

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