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William Dennis Miller MAT ’69

William Dennis Miller MAT ’69, January 18, 2010, in Portland. William left high school at the age of 16 to enlist in the armed services and was trained as a radioman during the Korean War. Returning stateside, he completed a GED and enrolled at the University of Oregon, where he studied architecture on the G.I. Bill. When funds ran low, he went to work at his parents' mink farm in Seaside, Oregon. He later earned a bachelor's degree in English and education at Portland State University. William taught English at Portland public schools for 30 years, including at Marshall and Cleveland high schools. From his wife, Carol, we learned that William never waned in his pursuit of knowledge. He had a personal library that included about a “zillion” books—his last acquisition was an Oxford English Dictionary. At the end of his life, he was refreshing his knowledge of German. Survivors include Carol and the couple's daughter and son. We thank Roddy Daggett ’51 for notifying us about William's death and affirming his life.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2010

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