Prof. Emeritus Samuel Miller Dies

(2-4-99) -- A memorial Mass will be said on March 8 for Prof. Emeritus Samuel J. Miller (History), a long-time faculty member, who died at his Roslindale home on Jan. 30 at the age of 79.

Miller, who taught at BC from 1952-86, played an influential role in the development of the Arts and Sciences Honors Program, both as a teacher of Honors History and as an example to his younger colleagues.

"He was one of the most respected professors at Boston College," said Adj. Assoc. Prof. Mark O'Connor, director of the A&S Honors Program. "As a scholar, he was widely admired, and his influence was exceptionally pervasive. I know he had a crucial influence on me at the beginning of my career."

Miller's book Portugal and Rome c. 1740-1830: An Aspect of the Catholic Enlightenment received the Alpha Sigma Nu National Book Award from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in 1980, the first year the awards were granted by the Jesuit honor society.

Born in Jewett, Ohio, in 1919, Miller received his bachelor's degree in education from Ohio State University in 1941. After studying at the University of Strasbourg as a Fulbright Scholar in 1950-51, he received his doctorate from Brown University in 1952.

He joined the Boston College History faculty as an instructor in 1952, and was named a full professor in 1981.

Miller was a member of the American Historical Association and the Renaissance Society of America.

He left no immediate survivors. The memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary's Chapel at 4 p.m., with a reception following the Honors Library in Gasson Hall.

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