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Ray Miller Passes Away

Tuesday, June 17, 2014   (0 Comments)
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NAADA Members, Miller from The Ohio State University passed away late last week after a four-year battle with Leukemia. Ray was a beloved member of the NAADA family having served a term as President, Conference Host and most recently as the NAADA Historian. Ray has been recognized by his peers for his work at The Ohio State University and NAADA in receiving the Professional Achievement Award (1994) and the Founder’s Distinguished Service Award (2003). In addition, Ray Miller Day was established on June 14, 2011 by special proclamation of the NAADA President. Below is information about Ray’s legacy we have compiled from several sources.

The NAADA Board will be formally recognizing the contributions of Ray Miller to the organization. An announcement to follow.

Dressed to the nines in Buckeye gear, Ray A. Miller was always a standout at Ohio State University events. Anyone who heard the tenor/baritone singer belt out Carmen Ohio could feel his love and passion for the university and the college he had been a part of for more than 50 years.

Miller passed away June 12, after a four-year battle with leukemia. He leaves behind a loving family, a legacy of service, and college friends full of fond memories.

In 2002, Miller retired as assistant dean of student affairs from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, where he had inspired generations of students. He recruited and counseled undergraduates, taught agricultural classes, led study-abroad trips to Brazil and the Dominican Republic, and lent his expertise to numerous student and alumni organizations.

Bob Bickford and Ray Miller

After retirement, Miller continued as the college’s alumni coordinator. He launched Fallfest, an annual gathering of the college’s alumni, and was a fixture at every football bowl game where he and his wife, Linda, passed out homemade buckeye necklaces at college celebrations.

Miller first arrived at The Ohio State University as a student in the early 1960s. He earned his BS in 1966, his MS in 1968 and his PhD in 1976, all in agricultural education.

In 2010, he received the E. Gordon Gee Spirit of Ohio State Award. He also received the Jo Failer Award for Student Service, the Distinguished Service to Student Development Award, the Alfred J. Wright Award for Outstanding Student Organization Adviser, the Greek Alumni Service Award, and the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association Distinguished Service Award. He has been inducted into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame.

Miller thrived outside of work as well. As a member of the Scioto Ridge Boys Gospel Quartet, Miller performed throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana, and recorded five CDs. Friends looked forward to “Uncle Ray’s Peanut Brittle” at Christmas time.

Miller Raymond "Ray" Allen Miller, 69, of Hilliard, OH, began his heavenly life on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Cleveland Clinic. Born in Middletown, OH to Kenneth and Mabel Miller. Survived by wife, Linda; sons, Brett (Shelli) and Todd (Jennifer); grandchildren, Ava, Reese, Luke, and Riley; siblings, Sylvia (Gene) Hack, Glenna Jarvis, Douglas (Arlene); many in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends. Graduate of Scioto Valley High School, Ostrander, OH; The Ohio State University, BS, MS, PhD. LT in US Army at Ft. Bliss, TX, and CPT in Ohio National Guard. Employed at The Ohio State University in the CFEAS from 1971-2003.

Retired as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. Continued as Alumni Director for the college until 2013. Served as a program director of the Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) Program, Ohio Association of Police. Ray remained active in his local community including Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church, the Scioto Ridge Boys Gospel Quartet, Southside Gardening, and Head Chef of "Uncle Ray's Peanut Brittle."

Calling hours are Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Celebration of Life is Wednesday, June 18 at 11 a.m. Both events will take place at Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church, 4343 Dublin Rd. Hilliard, OH 43026. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church or The Ray A. and Linda S. Miller Alpha Zeta Partners Leadership Fund #644975 at The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43221. For a complete obituary, go to