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Robert Miller of Scottsdale, age 73, lost his valiant struggle for life on November 2, 2016, at the time he was retired and living with his wife Charlene. Prior to retirement he had spent 35 years teaching art and humanities to the students of East High School in Aurora, IL. Known to his students as "Doc" he spent his time teaching and guiding all young lives that came along the way. He loved teaching and felt privileged to have been a part of the education of the students at East High. He spoke of them often with pride. He was loved by many, and will be missed.

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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 13, 2016.
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November 9, 2019
Never forgotten, always in my heart. Rest in Peace Dr. Miller. God bless.
Fernando Medina
July 11, 2017
Today, I thought of "doc." I started searching on Facebook hoping to reconnect. I had no luck on Facebook. I did a search on google and found this page. I'm truly sad to learn about his departure Dr. Miller made me fall in love with drawing. He, not only taught me to draw but also help me discover a talent I didn't know I had. He would let me come to the art classroom during my lunch period to work on my portraits and he would let me barrow materials even when I was just in the intro class. He was a great man with a true passion for his students and his job. He would always be joking and teasing his students but he would always find the way to make us work hard and to keep trying. He had a huge heart and I am very thankful for the trust he always had in me. He will always be remembered.
Ivonne Hernandez
December 8, 2016
Dr. Miller student
Doc, what can I say about my greatest teacher who had such a profound impact on my life. I would not be who I am and where I am with out you. You saw my passion for art in high school and you nurtured it, you sharpened my skill and my mind beyond my grandest expectation. You saw in me what I couldn't at the time. I learned so much from you that I still utilize today and teach my children and my students.

I fondly remember you set me up with my first commercial job, I was amazed that I could get paid for drawing pictures. You helped me meet other important people in my life, earn scholarships, learn various art medias, techniques, and how to take pride in my craft. You introduced me to the idea of college. You exposed me to art galleries, exhibitions, and the richness of the art world. I recall you and Charlene used to go the Walter Payton Roundhouse every Friday for dinner, where I was a bus boy (a job which you help me get). I would stop by your table and chat so much that I would get in trouble with my manager. I cherish all the advice and encouragement you gave me. From the bottom of my heart - Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

The world lost a great man, but his greatness will live on through me and the many others who's lives he's impacted. I will pass on the passion, encouragement, and values you taught me to others and so on and so on.

Sincerest condolences Charlene.
Fernando Medina
November 14, 2016
Mr. Miller was a huge inspiration to me Gil Chavez. He believed in me and guided me to commercial art which is what my profession is now. He trusted me eough to fly his plane. A great man was lost. I'm sad that I was not able to tell him how much he meant to me and what he did for me in person. I owe him so much. I will remember you and will be forever greatful to have met such a caring person. My deepest condolences.
Gil Chavez
November 14, 2016
In addition to being a superb educator as my high school mates are expressing, he also possessed great depth and compassion. When my father died suddenly during senior year, he was the only one at school who asked me directly about his cause of death, giving me an opportunity to talk about it. Mr. Miller was the first person to whom I was able to say the word "suicide." I will always be grateful to him for that. I extend my deepest condolences to his family at this sad time.
Jennie Sheagren Maloney
November 14, 2016
Doc Bob was an amazing teacher and mentor to me and so many other students at East High. He inspired me in both Studio Art and Humanities classes. He is the person who suggested I apply to the University of Chicago and I am forever grateful to him for that advice. He was such a kind wonderful man who gave so much to his students! He will never be forgotten.
Lori Palfalvi
November 14, 2016
Doc Bob at work. (circa 1986)
Connie Bumbar
November 14, 2016
If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be the artist I am today. I spent so much time in the Art Department from 10-12th grades. Rest In Peace Doc Bob.
Connie Bumbar
November 14, 2016
Mr. Miller was an amazing Humanities and Fine Arts Teacher. Humanities College Prep Honors Art Section was intense and he taught it as a Professor would. He submitted my Still Life from Fine Arts in the Bicentennial Fine Arts Fair and it received a ribbon.

Rest in Peace Mr. Miller.

Catherine M.J. Mary (Laity) Evans
Friendly Muse to Fr. Michael E. Komechak, OSB Art Gallery
(Secular Oblate of St. Benedict for St. Procopius Abbey)
Catherine M.J. Mary Evans
November 14, 2016
What a blessing Doctor Miller was to me at East Aurora. He always had good advice and was able to go the extra distance to help a student. My friends and I would often have great conversations with Doc about anything Art History related as well as what college to choose, etc. I remember him being available to Deb and I in the wee small hours of the morning when we were struggling to get a finals presentation done by the deadline. After I was in college when we came home, he was gracious enough to meet us crazy kids for dinner, and perhaps a beer and talk about life. We celebrated victories and defeats and not only did we learn all about Art, we also learned how to be good people, upstanding citizens, and to never give up on our dreams. He was most definitely a blessing to my life as well as many others and helped to mold my path. My heartfelt prayers go out to his wife as you go through the mourning process. Know how many lives your husband had changed and thank you for your patience as a wife as he poured into the kids at East Aurora. Class of 1989. Tomcats forever!
Susan McGowan (Murray)
November 14, 2016
Clothed in His Righteousness
I graduated EAHS in 1976. Mr. Miller was very encouraging to me during very difficult times. He inspired me to pursue my passion and attend art school. I wish he could see what I am creating now.
Denise Vezza-Maggiore
November 14, 2016
Doc was a life changer for me. I'm now an art teacher and working artist because of his encouragement and guidance. It's a sad day.
Laura Fesser
November 14, 2016
I am sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.
Olga Alvarez
Olga Alvarez
November 13, 2016
June 1995 Dr. Miller and Fred de Jesus
I woke up this morning watching the feed on my facebook when I see a post from a high school friend sharing the obituary of a truly beloved human being. I wept uncontrollably upon reading the news of Dr. Miller's passing.

Dr. Miller was and will always be the biggest inspiration to my success in life. I remember as a student he sat me down, looked me in the eye, and said, "At the rate you are going you will never graduate from school. Instead of skipping school, why dont you come to my humanities class and learn something? I will talk to your teachers for you but you have to quit skipping school. Your future depends on it." I turned my act around that year and thankfully was able to graduate with my class in 1995. He wasn't just a teacher, it wasn't just about the art. He cared beyond anything I ever witnessed from a teacher. He never asked for anything in return. He wanted the best for us. The day I found out I was graduating I went to his office and told him the good news. He told me, "I want you to know, I will be at the graduation. And it will be to see you accept that diploma. I am proud of you." I visited him a few times after high school and eventually moved to Puerto Rico. I tried for years to find him amd just thank him one more time for everything he did for me. I will forever be grateful to him for going the extra mile for a troubled youth who just needed a push in the right direction.

Dr. Miller,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving me from myself. The mark you left was carved so deep the world will always know of you through the lives you touched while you were here.

My sincerest condolences...

Long live the king.
Sigfredo (Fred) De Jesus II (class of 1995)
November 13, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great mentor to me when I was in high school. Doc always looked out for his students and brought out the best in us. He was always able to relate to us and I remember him joking with us all the time. He was my favorite art teacher. Great man. Great memories. He will be missed.
Maritza Cantu
November 13, 2016
Charlene, I was so sad to hear of Doc's passing. He was a fine gentleman and wonderful leader of our Fine Arts Department. My sympathy and caring thoughts are with you.
Sue Allen
November 13, 2016
So sorry for your family's loss. Dr Miller was an awesome teacher that really cared about his students. He impacted many young adults over his years teaching.
Kevin McManis
November 13, 2016
Dear Charlene, So very sorry to her of Robert's passing. He was mentor when I started at East as a teacher. He meant the world to me for the thirteen years I worked along side him. He was a fabulous artist and really helped find the artist in many East High Students. The picture of Doc is perfect because that is exactly the way I remember him. He as loved by many and remember by even more.
Much Love and Hugs,
Beth "Nelson" Kish
November 13, 2016
I am sorry for your loss. Thinking of you!
Carolyn Hopkins
Carolyn Hopkins
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