Kenneth E. Miller
Kenneth E. Miller, 89, emeritus professor of political science who had served as the first dean of the Graduate School, Rutgers University–Newark, passed away at his Madison home on January 15, 2016. A private service was held. His wife, Marilyn Miller, a retired assistant dean for academic affairs of the School of Law–Newark, died on December 24, 2015.
Miller taught in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers–Newark from 1955 to 1993. He was the first chair of the department, serving in that capacity, on and off, for 16 years. He also served as the first dean of the Graduate School and the first director of the Political Science Graduate Program. He had a passion for teaching and coveted many long friendships with students and colleagues.
Born and raised in Chapman, Kansas, Miller served in the United States Army and attended the University of Kansas, where he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa with B.A. and M.A. degrees and developed an unparalleled passion for KU basketball. He received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in political science. His area of concentration was comparative politics, with a special focus on Scandinavia; he had fond memories of living in Denmark for a year with his family during a Fulbright research professorship at Copenhagen University.
Miller published numerous articles, books, and papers, many about Danish politics, with the most recent one an American political biography entitled, "From Progressive to New Dealer: Fredric C. Howe and American Liberalism" (Penn State University Press, 2010). Miller was committed to social justice, as evidenced by his writings and activism.
He was an avid genealogist and his favorite times were ones spent with family.
Miller is survived by twin daughters, Susan Miller of Wilmington, Delaware, and Lisa and her husband, Joe DeRosa, of Florham Park, New Jersey; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Donations in his name may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, N.Y., 10018.
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