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Volume 58, Number 10    October 18, 2010         

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In Memoriam

Stuart Creighton Miller
Professor Emeritus of Social Science Stuart Creighton Miller died Sept. 16 at the age of 83 in Sausalito. A faculty member from 1962 to his retirement in 1992, Stuart taught in three departments -- History, International Relations and American Studies -- in addition to his home department, Social Science (Interdisciplinary Studies), which he chaired from 1974 to 1978 and from 1987 to 1992. He also served on, and chaired, many college and University-wide committees, mostly relating to curriculum development and general education reform. The quality of his teaching was repeatedly recognized by the University and in student evaluations.

Miller received his doctorate from Columbia University in 1966, with distinction for his thesis. A productive scholar on American engagement with the Pacific world, his two major books were The Unwelcome Immigrant: The American Image of the Chinese, 1785-1882 (University of California Press, 1969) and Benevolent Assimilation: The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903 (Yale University Press, 1982). He published more than 60 articles, book reviews and essays, encyclopedia entries, interviews and papers. Both books garnered nominations for Bancroft, Parkman and Pulitzer prizes, and mentions in The New York Times Book Review. As a leader in his field, his professional opinion was sought by major university presses and professional journals, and he was awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Ford Foundation and the Henry R. Luce Foundation.

He is survived by his family, including wife Valerie Miller, daughter Sarah Fanny Cardozo, son Isaac Miller, his first wife Naomi Miller, grandsons and nephews and nieces from his older sister, Olive Keeler, who was his earliest mentor and teacher. A memorial will be held at a later date.


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