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Robert Miller ’37 *40

Published in Feb. 11, 1998, issue

Fabulous history professor Bob Miller died Oct. 23, 1997, unmarried.

At Peddie he was on the baseball, basketball, tennis, and track teams, and was a sports manager. At Princeton he majored in history and graduated with honors, having been on the freshman swimming and baseball teams and the basketball team.

He was lured back to Princeton for MA and PhD degrees, had an assistant instructorship at Hun, and taught at CCNY before four years as a s/sgt in the Army Signal Corps, with travels in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany.

Next, he was an instructor of history for 39 years at Temple U., where he won a coveted award, the Lindbach Award for Distinguished Teaching, and retired emeritus in 1982 without having published a single book or article. Instead, he taught: "a small, grizzled, casually dressed, and utterly self-effacing man who presented American history dispassionately, but with such analytical opportunity and challenge--to discover learning."

He was always a world traveler, testing his remarkable fitness and endurance on incredibly long hikes in China and Japan, the South Pacific, Australia, Africa, and Europe. In retirement he tape recorded a variety of books for use by the blind. He continued his walks from home and was struck by a car on a rainy night between Pottstown and Downington.

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