Miller, Alan Robert 1929–2005

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Miller, Alan Robert 1929–2005

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born April 27, 1929, in Liverpool, England; died of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, December 30, 2005, in Arlington, VA. Journalist, educator, librarian, and author. A longtime journalism professor at the University of Maine, Miller was noted as an historian of the press, especially of Maine newspapers. Brought to the United States with his family when he was two years old, he graduated from Boston University in 1952 after serving in post-war Japan with the U.S. Army. He proceeded to purchase the Amherst Journal newspaper, for which he was editor and publisher until 1955. Next, Miller joined the Stars & Stripes staff and lived in Germany for nine years; he was also a foreign correspondent for the Massachusetts Springfield Union during this period. Returning home, Miller attended graduate classes in education at the University of Massachusetts while also working as an assistant to the university's secretary. Completing his master's degree in 1967, he was hired by the University of Maine at Orono as an assistant professor of journalism. Miller taught there until 1991, rising to the post of full professor and serving as the advisor to the school's newspaper. Meanwhile, his interest in the history of journalism led him to write The History of Current Maine Newspapers (1978). After retiring, Miller went back to school and earned a master's degree in library science at Catholic University. Afterwards, he worked as a reference librarian for the Arlington County Public Library.



Washington Post, January 27, 2006, p. B8.