John Herbert "Jack" Miller (1919 - 2012)

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John "Jack" Herbert Miller, 92, passed away peacefully Friday, August 24, 2012, at the Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen, after a brief illness.

Born October 23, 1919, in New York City, Jack was the youngest child of Heyman and Marion (Monteser) Miller.

He received his high school diploma from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York, and bachelor's and master's degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University, respectively.

He attended the Russian language school at Cornell University as part of his U.S. Army service during World War Two. At Cornell Jack met a lifelong friend, Richard Shapiro, whose sister, Lois, he married in 1950. They divorced in 1963.

His long and varied career included work as a journalist, teacher, and graphic artist. He served on the board of directors of Scott Tower Housing Company, a Bronx, N.Y., cooperative residence where he lived for many years.

He was a theater buff and performed in numerous Town Hall Community Theatre of Eastchester, N.Y., productions, including Oklahoma and Oliver! He was also a talented pianist and an athlete who enjoyed skating and swimming.

He supported progressive causes and practiced tolerance and acceptance of all faiths and cultures.

Survivors include sons Reuven (Richard F.) D. Miller and his wife Shanni of Ashdod, Israel, James L. Miller and his wife Robin of Edina, Minn., and Peter L. Miller and his wife Meredith Bird Miller of Wilmot. He also leaves 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Jack was predeceased by his brother, Frederick "Fritz" Miller, in 1936; and by his second wife, Alice (McElroy) Miller, in 1998. Jack and Alice shared over 25 years of marriage and many interests, including explorations of Europe and the United States.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Merrimack County Nursing Home Sunshine Committee, 325 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, N.H., 03303.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Aug. 31, 2012
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