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Miller committed in his support of University Council

Former New York state Assembly- man Richard H. Miller, who served on the Binghamton University Council, died December 31, at his home in Johnson City. He was 77.

Appointed to the council by Governor George E. Pataki on August 14, 1997, Miller was a steadfast supporter of the University, said President Lois B. DeFleur.

“He will be sorely missed,” DeFleur said. “As a former teacher, Assemblyman Miller was committed to learning and enthusiastic about the University’s programs.”

“Council Chairman Dr. John F. Spring said that Dick Miller’s contributions to the work of the council were very helpful, and fellow members appreciated his commitment to and concern for the University,” DeFleur added.

Miller represented the 123rd District in the New York state Assembly from 1984 until 1994. Prior to that, he was supervisor of the Town of Union for six years, a Town of Union councilman for 10 years and an English teacher at Chenango Valley High School for 26 years.

A football standout at Johnson City High School and St. Bonaventure University, Miller was named an All-American and inducted into the St. Bonaventure athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

His extensive list of accomplishments includes receiving the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and combat infantry badge for his service during World War II and serving on the boards of several community organizations including the Broome County and New York state American Cancer Societies, Mom’s House, the Johnson City Senior Center, the Eastern Branch of Retired Teachers, the Susquehanna Care Corp., the Broome County Kopernik Society and the BC Pops.

A past commander of American Legion Post 1305, Miller was also a life member of the Johnson City Veterans of Foreign Wars 2332 and heavily involved with the American Legion Boys’ State program as a counselor and program chairman. He was also a member of Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion Committee of Hope, the Knights of Columbus, Johnson City Elks 2821, the American Civic Association, the Binghamton Philharmonic, Endicott Sertoma, and many other organizations.

Memorial contributions in Miller’s name may be made to the Roberson Museum and Science Center, 30 Front Street, Binghamton, N.Y. 13905.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08