Miller, Laura Jeanne
New York City: Laura Jeanne Miller, 57, formerly of Brighton died suddenly of a brain aneurysm on July 30, 2016. A graduate of Columbia University School of Business and Carleton College, a job in her youth selling seeds to feed & grain stores helped focus her dreams towards a marketing MBA and a marketing directorship at a great museum in New York City. She achieved that dream following a time at American Express, joining the Guggenheim Museum twenty-one years ago. A triathlete as well as an art-lover, she was herself most impressed by her young son Jesse's striving to find and pursue his own life's course.
Born in Rochester, NY, Laura graduated from Brighton High School. Laura enjoyed photographing third world markets and completed more studio art courses than required for a BFA in a modestly successful attempt at painting those intense beauties, her memories, and imaginative fictions. She spoke internationally on museum branding and marketing, always returned home with good chocolate and gifts of indigenous art, and taught her expertise at NYU. A prolonged midwinter furnace problem in student housing once caused her to adopt as her own an aphorism she had learned from a renowned eccentric aunt: "Never deny yourself the luxury of long underwear!" She repeated it often when someone complained about the cold or otherwise suggested that life was to be restrained by some natural circumstance. Nine strangers' lives have suddenly improved, she might be happy to know, because of her planned organ donation at death.
Laura is survived by beloved family and friends including her son Jesse Geoghan and his father Paul Geoghan, mother Elizabeth, brothers Jack (Sarah Jelley), Michael (Susan Sirmones-Miller), sisters Nancy, Ellen (Steven Goldstein), Lynn, stepson Sean Geoghan, nieces and nephew Chloe Goldstein, Amelia Coleman, and Ben Goldstein (Jessica), cousins Mitchell, Margie (David Reuther) and Anny (Terry Brykczynski) along with friends and colleagues from New York Road Runners, museum colleagues, her tennis group, book club, NYU marketing students, and treasured co-op neighbors. A celebration of Laura's life is being planned for October in NYC. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Central Park Conservancy, Planned Parenthood, Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity, Columbia University Business School, The Lighthouse, or City Harvest.
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Published by Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Aug. 14, 2016.