Roger Miller, 1925 - 2018

Roger MillerIt is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Professor Emeritus Roger Miller on December 14, 2018, at the age of 92.

Miller graduated from Yale University in 1946 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He later earned both a master’s and a doctorate degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. A captain in the Army and a Veteran of the Korean War, Miller joined the Smith College School for Social Work faculty in 1960. He was the first director of the Ph.D. program from 1964–1993 and editor of Smith College Studies in Social Work for many years.

Miller was the recipient of the Smith College School for Social Work’s lifetime achievement award, the Day-Garrett Award, in 1995. Said Former President of Smith College Ruth Simmons, “Your students remember you fondly, vividly and respectfully, as do the many members of the School’s resident and adjunct faculty who have benefitted from and enjoyed your generous mentorship. … The School’s faculty and the social work community at large know you as a person of penetrating intellect, enormous imagination, irreverent but loving wit, and steadfast vision. You are a true intellectual for whom theories and ideas have enormous meaning, particularly as they inform the helping endeavor in clinical practice.”

Soon after, in 1996, the Alumni Leadership Council established the Roger Miller Dissertation Grant in his honor. The grant is awarded annually to support the highest level of scholarly dissertation research on at-risk populations. Beloved by alumni, Miller also received the Honorary Alumnus Award in 1997 for his commitment to, and work with, the students of Smith College SSW.

“I am saddened to hear of Roger Miller’s death. He served as an invaluable teacher, scholar and mentor for me during my doctoral studies, as well as my professional life as a colleague at the Smith College SSW. His generosity of spirit, sharp wit, astute conceptualizations and research analyses, and deep commitment to clinical social work practice and research, will be missed,” said Professor Kathryn Basham, Ph.D., M.S.W., LICSW. “Following his retirement, Roger continued to provide dedicated mentoring and dissertation advisement with Ph.D. students along with expressing boundless creativity in painting, sculpture and other expressive arts. I, along with many of my colleagues and alumni, express deep gratitude to Dr. Roger Miller for his intellectual leadership and exemplary stewardship in the clinical social work profession.”

A memorial service will be held in the Oak Room at the Smith College Conference Center, on February 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Miller's memory to ServiceNet, 21 Olander Drive, Northampton, MA 01060.