Missourian receives $120,000 donation to create endowment

Thursday, June 5, 2008 | 6:44 p.m. CDT; updated 2:12 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Missourian has received a $120,000 donation from June Reynolds Miller, in honor of her late husband George H. Miller, a Missouri School of Journalism graduate.

The gift has established the George H. Miller Columbia Missourian Endowment, which will provide many opportunities to the MU School of Journalism, a university news release said.

“George was always fond of MU; he favored it more than the other schools he attended because it’s where he became interested in journalism,” Miller said. “He thought highly of the professors who mentored him and taught him the nuts and bolts of journalism. I made the endowment in his honor and to provide opportunities for the journalism school.”

George H. Miller graduated from MU in 1940, where he was an honors student and member of Kappa Tau Alpha, a journalism fraternity, the news release said. He served as a Naval officer during World War II and retired from the Naval reserve in 1975 as a lieutenant commander. He wrote for The Madison Courier and Weekly Herald in Indiana and also served as the director of the cooperative education program at the University of South Florida for 12 years.

“(The endowment) will help us provide the invaluable hands-on experience of working under professional faculty editors to generations of Missouri students,” said Dean Mills, dean of the journalism school.

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