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William Miller

Naples - William Miller, 72, of Naples, FL passed away at his home on Thursday, July 18, 2019. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, his sister Joan Sharp (Robbie) of Exton, PA; His daughters Jessica Miller (Michael Guth) of Gainesville, FL and Miriam Miller (Timothy) of New York, NY, He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other loved ones.

Bill enjoyed a distinguished career in academic libraries including 27 years as Dean of Libraries at Florida Atlantic University. He held a master's degree in library science from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester. Bill authored numerous articles and books in the field and served as a contributing editor to Library Issues and as the editor of The Reference Librarian. Among his many accomplishments, he was a founder of the Southeast Florida Library Network, served as President of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and was the 2014 recipient of the American Library Association's Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, which is the highest honor of the ALA's Reference and User Services Association.

A gather of family and friends will be held on Friday, July 26th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Lamoraga restaurant, 3936 North Tamiami Trail in Naples, FL In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ACRL Scholarship Fund at https://ec.ala.org/donation/ACR-3831-CONFUN

Neptune Society -Fort Myers is in charge of arrangements.




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Published in Naples Daily News on Jul. 25, 2019.
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September 26, 2019
I miss you, dad.
Jessie
September 13, 2019
A leader in the profession. Condolences to the family. Judith Lin Hunt. Montclair State University.
Judith Lin Hunt
August 16, 2019
Bill was a wonderful colleague and friend. He will be missed

Rush Miller
Rush Miller
August 14, 2019
Dr. Miller was my amazing boss, leader, mentor, go-to-library person, and friend. Against all odds, he took a chance on me as a new librarian and saw something that I didn't yet see in myself, leading him to hire me in my first full-time, academic reference librarian job at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton. Dr. Miller was brilliant, innovative, deeply generous, hysterically funny (dryly so), wise, and incredibly talented as a human...and so much more. He had a huge heart and cared deeply about everything he was involved in both outside and inside the workplace. That being said, he spoke so dearly of his family and friendships, which were his world. He only wanted the best for "his people" and to pay it forward. I cherish my memories, experiences, and conversations with him. He was a gem of a person, truly special. I learned more from Dr. Miller than I learned from most other people in my professional life. I respected and will continue to respect him and his treasured gifts to academia and the field of librarianship. Thank you for believing in me and supporting me! Dr. Miller touched my life, as he did so many others in this world. I will miss him, as we all will. May peace and less suffering prevail for his family and him. Rest in peace always, Dr. Bill Miller.
Alyse Ergood McKeal
Friend
August 1, 2019
Sad business. Bill was an outstanding librarian and leader in the profession. We were active in ACRL leadership at the same time in the late 90s. Most of all, Bill was a genuine man, smart and committed. Sorry he's left us so soon... my condolences to his family.
Lee Hisle
July 25, 2019
Mine was one of the many lives that he touched while Dean of the FAU Library. He was a wonderful man, and my condolences to his family.
EVELYN UDELL
July 25, 2019
My sympathy goes out to the family of Dr. Miller. He was my boss for the first 8 years here at the FAU Wimberly Library. He always treated me with kindness and respect.
Gary Gabeloff
July 24, 2019
I had the honor and pleasure of working with Dr. William Miller for 27 years at FAU Libraries. My sincere condolences to his wife, Kathy and his daughters. He will always be fondly remembered as a wonderful man.
Darleen Croteau
Coworker
July 24, 2019
My deepest condolences. It was a pleasure to have work with you.
Yuri Bolanos Arias
July 24, 2019
Sorry to hear of Dr millers passing
Annette Kaplan
Coworker
July 24, 2019
Dr. William Miller, was a great person and friend and great Dean. I am going to miss his jokes and smile when he was at work. I loved working for him. I am going to miss him very much.
Hector Moyet
Hector Moyet
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