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In Memoriam: Robert H. Miller Sr. (1939–2015)

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Earlier this month, Marie Miller reached out to ISI to share the sad news that her husband, Robert H. Miller Sr., had passed away.

An ISI alumnus, friend, supporter, and trustee, Bob was officially appointed as trustee emeritus in 2014 in recognition of his decades of dedicated service to the Institute.

As a student at Grove City College in the late 1950s, Bob founded one of the first ISI campus chapters. He was a devoted ISI friend and supporter from that point on. Named to the board of trustees in 1970, he provided exceptionally valuable service to ISI. He was a friend and adviser to ISI’s first two presidents, William F. Buckley Jr. and E. Victor Milione, as well as fellow longtime ISI trustee Alex McKenna of Kennametal Inc. and the Philip M. McKenna Foundation of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

After graduating from Grove City in 1961, Bob joined Chase Manhattan in New York as a senior economic analyst. He also attended night school at New York University, where he studied under the great economist Ludwig von Mises on his way to earning his MBA. Bob returned to Grove City to teach economics and business; there his mentor was another Austrian School economist, Hans Sennholz.

Setting down roots in western Pennsylvania, Bob continued his career in banking and business before entering political roles. He served as a commissioner in Westmoreland County, cochaired Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign, and was appointed as a regional director in the Small Business Administration during the Reagan administration.

Throughout his distinguished career in business, banking, academia, and government, Bob Miller never wavered in his support for ISI. Upon being appointed an emeritus trustee last year, he expressed his pride in and gratitude for the recognition.

Requiescat in pace.

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