Friends and family members of the late Dr. Gary Miller made memorial gifts to create the scholarship and honor his legacy.
The renewable scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who is enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University majoring in music. Recipients must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average and preference will be given to a music major. The Department of Music Scholarship Committee will select the recipients.
Miller was a member of the music faculty at Southeast Missouri State University, serving as a teacher, professor, Department of Music chair, performer and mentor to countless students. At the time of his death, he was associate dean and director of Southeast’s River Campus.
Miller was born in Topeka, Kansas, and married Mary Van Hoet in 1979 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1963 and the University of Northern Iowa in 1967. After earning his master’s degree in music at Michigan, he served in the U.S. Navy music program from 1969 to 1973, deploying to Europe aboard vessels including the aircraft carrier JFK.
Following military service, he earned the Artist’s Diploma from the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik in Cologne, Germany. He received his doctoral degree in music at the University of Michigan.
The Millers have four sons, Kirk, Kyle, Erik and Alex.