$125,000 Donation to MU Supports Missourian, Honors Alumnus

June Reynolds MillerCOLUMBIA, Mo.-A recent gift to the University of Missouri will provide support to the Columbia Missourian newspaper in the School of Journalism. June Reynolds Miller donated $125,000 in memory of her late husband, MU alumnus George H. Miller.

"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," June 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."

The gift establishes the George H. Miller Columbia Missourian Endowment Fund. The fund will provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to gain professional journalism experience at the Missourian.

The Missourian is a community newspaper directed by professional editors and staffed by MU journalism students. The Missourian debuted on Sept. 14, 1908, the same day classes started at the MU journalism school.

"We are so grateful to Ms. Miller for her wonderfully generous gift. The Missourian's first hundred years have produced thousands of the world's best journalists. Ms. Miller's gift will help ensure that the next hundred years bring continuity to that record. On behalf of the journalism school, we salute and thank Ms. Miller," said Esther Thorson, acting dean at the school of journalism.

George H, Miller graduated from MU in 1940 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He was an honor student and member of Kappa Tau Alpha fraternity. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired from the Naval Reserve in 1975 as a lieutenant commander. George wrote regular columns for The Madison Courier and Weekly Herald in Indiana from 1964 to 1995. In 1957, he began working for the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., where he was director of the cooperative education program for 12 years.

The Miller Endowment Fund supports the School of Journalism's 100 x 100 Endowment Campaign with a goal of raising $100 million toward endowment in conjunction with its centennial observance. Celebration events for the centennial will be held in Columbia September 10-12, 2008. The fund also supports the For All We Call Mizzou campaign, which will celebrate raising $1 billion in the spring of 2009.  The campaign raised $941 million by the end of May.

Most of the information for this story came from a university news release written by Information Specialist Emily Smith.

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