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R.I.P. Bruce Miller

According to the Emerald, Bruce Miller, 62, is dead.

This is very sad news. Unlike Hatoon, Miller was an actual presence, a person with whom you could interact. He may have been annoying from time to time, but deep down, I think he was a genuinely caring man. Perhaps he cared too much. Its hard to understand how a 60-year-old man could be so consumed by the inner workings of student government.

But whether he was handing you copies of his latest hand-written diatribe against Dan Williams or telling Ben Strawns mother that her son was incompetent, he made an impact. Hell surely be missed for that.

For us at the Commentator, a little piece of our history died with Bruce. In a way we were intrinsically intertwined. I remember that the last time I saw Bruce he was carrying two things: a photocopy of one of our editorials and a copy of Petes feature biography about him.

Like I said, I find this sad

  1. Rick says:

    I did not know Bruce long, but was impressed by the honesty and the strength of his convictions. So few of us stand up and speak out for what is right and wrong out there/here. In his own way, and within his own limitations, he was intellectually honest and forthtright. More than he won’t be forgotten, he will be remembered for all this. May you all have a memorial “Bruce” moment when you think and speak out.
    The good news for him, he will not have to deal with the Bush League any more.

  2. Meghann says:

    Bruce’s memorial is this Saturday from 5pm – 8pm at the Veterans Hall on Willamette and 16th. Alas, SPJ is that same night in Seattle so I can’t make it. But y’all should go, ya hear?

  3. Scott says:

    All right Melissa, if it takes the mention of girls, then here is my toast to Bruce, all of the things I said in my last post, plus the “God I love Asian women” comment you insist is necessary. I thought a comment about Bruce would have been better without it, but whatever. God I do love Asis and Asian women. Where’s my beer?

  4. Melissa says:

    I know that the above isn’t really Scott because there was no mention of asian girlfriends-for-hire.

  5. Scott says:

    Bruce Miller. One of the few people from my memories at the UofO that are, mostly anyway, positive. He will be missed indeed. Not only was he banned, he actually had the courage, conviction and wherewithall to challenge it and compel the idiots in the ASUO to let him back in. You really should look that up. The old guy actually got a governor’s order against the ASUO reversing their expulsion of him. I have a copy of it somehwere on my hard drive, but it’s impressive. I will get a stone in memory of the man. Shalom.

  6. Timothy says:

    Yeah, he would’ve.

  7. Melissa says:

    Is anyone organizing a memorial for Bruce on campus? I think he would have liked that.

  8. Dan Isaacson says:

    There are few who worked as hard for as many people as Bruce Miller did. Refusing to back down from injustice that he saw or excuses in budget cuts for education, he endeared himself to many in the community as a tireless advocate for education and students, myself included. While his efforts may have caused some to be turned off toward him, they cannot say that he did not push them to do what was right and what was just. There is no question that his support and presence will be missed in Lane County.

    The Greeks didn’t write eulogies, they simply asked if the man had passion; there is no question that Bruce had that.


  9. Dan Isaacson says:

    This is info for Bruce Miller,

    Funeral Home in Seattle is Hills of Eternity

    Sunday May 1, 2005 2:00 PM

    Address is 520 W. Raye St. Seattle, Washington 98119

    Phone 206-282-5500

  10. Timothy says:

    Right, well, Shalom then.

  11. Meghann says:

    I heard it might not be here in town. Either way it’s probably going to happen today or tomorrow, with Bruce being Jewish and all….

  12. Timothy says:

    When’s the service? I think y’all should go.

  13. Ian says:

    I only met Bruce Miller once, but his energy and genuine concern were unmistakable. If student government officials took their jobs as seriously as Miller urged them to, this University would be a far better place.

    Rest in peace, Bruce.

  14. Pete says:

    My Bruce Miller expose is here:

    The last paragraph was sort of satire, but I suppose it works as an epitaph.

    God Speed…

  15. Jan says:

    I had my share of run-ins with Bruce, mostly when he came up to the Emerald office to tell me he thought that South Eugene High School’s newspaper was better (or to give me a news clipping of some other college paper winning an award). But I have to appreciate a man who sticks to his convictions. And only somebody who truly saw the inherent corruption in ASUO could be banned from its office, as he was quite a few times.

  16. Big M says:

    During my campaign, I had a chance to talk with Bruce about things ranging from the Jewish Center, The Commentator (respectfully), the current ASUO, and other issues.

    He cared quite a bit for the U of O, and the working of the student government.

    He may have been a slight bit annoying, but truly I hope that someone else can take his place to keep the ASUO accountable (like I kept saying.)

  17. Timothy says:

    Mel: Hey, I’m sure the angels are going to go whole-hog.

  18. Chris says:

    This is indeed sad news. Despite his constant annoyances at either the OC office or when I was at work at the Law Library he was still a good man with a good heart. He didn’t want to do anything but fix everything.

    Plus the ASUO loathed him, which always made the meeting interesting.

    R.I.P. Bruce.

  19. Melissa says:

    Efficient?! How about we start with responsible and accountable?

    I’m sure Bruce will be the guardian angel for his favorite UO football coach. Best to Bruce, good journey.

  20. Timothy says:

    That is sad. For all the times Bruce annoyed the hell out of me, he was a good guy to have around. If only because he managed to annoy the ASUO more, and that’s something I have to respect. May the angels carry you home to a land of efficient student government, Bruce.

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