Laura Jeanne Miller
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.
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I met Laura on the first day of preschool where Jesse and my son Jasper were in the same class. The two boys became fast friends and we were constantly arranging playdates. I know how much he meant to her and I enjoyed spending time with her as well. My deepest sympathies to Laura's family, especially Jesse.
Julie Mak
September 6, 2016
I was a good friend of Laurie's at Carleton and the years immediately following. Because my parents live in NYC, I continued to see her every couple of years. Between those visits and her annual informative and humorous holiday letters, I continued to feel very connected to her, and admired her good business sense, practicality, honesty, athleticism and good sense of humor and fun, my heart goes out to Jesse and to the rest of her family. I hope it helps to know how many people loved her and how many lives she touched.
Ann Gordon Jacobson
August 29, 2016
for Sarah Jelley My email address is: [email protected]
Thanks for asking and for keeping me informed. Dawn Young
August 25, 2016
I knew her a short time but was touched by her kindness, open mind and love of the bike.
Rest peacefully, having left the world a better place.
lauren johnson
August 24, 2016
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Dawn Young
August 23, 2016
Laura was a lane-mate of mine at Columbia University swimming for 15 years early in the morning from 6am to 7am. She would swim on Tuesday and Friday mornings and I would aim for Tuesday and either Thursday or Friday. Laura would leave the pool promptly with out fail to get home to her beloved Jesse before his departure for school.
In addition to our swimming, I knew Laura through her work at the Guggenheim. She was familiar with the work of my father-in-law, Richard Pousette-Dart, an abstract expressionist painter, and we were in touch about a retrospective of his work at the Guggenheim few years back.
Laura and Jesse's father came to Christmas parties at my home.
I want to tell Jesse that if he ever feels the need or desire to have a little visit with his mother I would be happy to have a talk with him and share stories about her for a bit as I live nearby on the Upper West Side. Having raised 2 kids in the city and also having been a middle school teacher at IS 44 for 8 years, I am also available to answer questions or concerns that Jesse may have. Please call me at 646-206-1357 where I would be more than happy to be in touch with Jesse.
Dawn Young
August 23, 2016
My sympathy
richard Frank
August 18, 2016
Betty, my heart goes out to you and all those who are grieving. I wish you peace and strength to bear this tragic loss.
Nina Sikand
August 18, 2016
I'm so saddened and shocked to hear this news. Laura and I had lunch together at the beginning of the summer and she was as funny, wise and smart as ever. Laura always had an easy laugh and joy of life. Over lunch we talked about our children, how to have a balanced life in NYC and how to happy. I left the lunch feeling better about the world and glad to know that Laura and I share our thoughts with ease. Laura was a special, wonderful person and I will miss her greatly. My thoughts are with her son and family.
Ben Hartley
August 18, 2016
Laura was a valued museum colleague who I enjoyed talking to at a recent conference in Washington, DC for art museum marketing & communications professionals. She will be missed.
Anne Scher
August 17, 2016
I just saw her a month or so ago at the Gugg after not seeing her for like 10 years! We previously worked together at the Gugg. It was so fun to catch up with her. I will remember that amazing smile.
Beth Rosenberg
August 16, 2016
Laura and I were colleagues at the Guggenheim but only spoke en passant. My deepest sympathy to her son.
Daphne Rosendorff
August 16, 2016
I did not know Laura well -- we spoke every morning at the gym for quite a few years -- but I knew her well enough to know that the world was brighter with her in it. My deep sympathy to her family and friends.
Ellen Lerner
August 16, 2016
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Laura. I still remember her warm and beautiful smile. Laura will be truly missed. My heartfelt condolences go to her family and friends.
Angela Lau
August 15, 2016
My sincerest, most heart felt condolences to the friends and family of Ms. Laura Miller! She was an absolute God-send as a mentor to me in this summer's Italia Innovation program and my heart fell to hear of her passing today; such a special person, gone too soon!
Jennifer Wester
August 15, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of Laura's sudden passing. We were friends and trumpet players in BHS bands years ago. Although we had not kept up closely over the years , I always enjoyed getting her New Year's letters . Finally caught up with her in NYC last year at the museum and had a great visit. I am glad my family got to meet her. My sympathies to Betty and family.
Michael Rubin
August 15, 2016
Shocked and saddened to hear about Laura's passing. My sincere condolences to her friends and family.
Marion Kahan
August 14, 2016
Laura was a generous and helpful co-op neighbor to me,sharing the ins & outs of how to find a good au pair - I always noticed Jesse and how lovely his Irish daytime caregiver was when he was very young. My daughter needed an au pair; Laura responded immediately when I asked her a few questions. She was so devoted to Jesse, who was maybe the sweetest child in the building. We passed one another going back and forth to summer daycamps when he was little. I sometimes ran into her on weekends when she was out with friends, looking like a teenager. It is not a cliche to say that she lit up the world. Her energy and straightforward gaze and speech, her pretty smile made you feel more alive. She played no games, there was no pretentiousness about this woman of such distinguished professional accomplishment. She said her piece at co-op meetings with fearless good humor, to our delight.
To her mother, siblings, and most of all, to Jesse, I express my sorrow for your loss. May you comfort one another and remember her with joy.
Susan Cahill
August 13, 2016
I am so shocked to learn about Laura, she was a wonderful person and a dear friend to me. Her zest for life and loving spirit were remarkable I will miss her terribly. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends.
Camille Branda
August 12, 2016
Laura was such a well-regarded colleague of mine when I worked at the Guggenheim several years ago. I am truly sorry to learn of her untimely passing. My condolences to her family.
Marilyn Goodman
August 12, 2016
As her notice attests, my dear second cousin Laurie was a life and light bringer on many levels. We became roommates in our young adult lives in Minneapolis and friends ever since. I will miss her sorely and send love to Jesse, Betty, all of her sibs, and everyone close to her.
Cynthia Miller
August 12, 2016
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