Ohio loses beloved agricultural educator Ray Miller

Beloved agricultural educator Ray Miller, 69, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic.

Ray Miller inspired, educated, and mentored generations of agricultural students at the Ohio State University, first as a counselor and then as a teacher and administrator.

After graduation from Ohio State University, Miller was hired by the University as a student counselor. He then became assistant dean for student affairs for 20 years. Miller recruited and counseled students, taught agricultural classes, led study-abroad trips to Brazil and the Dominican Republic, and lent his expertise to numerous student and alumni organizations.

Miller began the annual Fallfest alumni gathering for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. He served as the college’s alumni coordinator and organized gatherings at every football bowl game.

“He is known by essentially every student who graduated from Ohio State in agriculture from 1967 until his retirement in 2002,” colleagues wrote.

Miller 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.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 17, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church, 4343 Dublin Rd. in Hilliard, where Celebration of Life will be Wednesday, 11 a.m. Interment will be 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, OH.

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