It is with sadness that the College shares the news of the passing of long-time adjunct professor Gertrude Ann Miller on April 5, in New Paltz, N.Y. She was 94.
Miller was born on March 20, 1923 in Frankfurt, Germany, and was working as a translator for the American military when she met her husband, Richard, in 1946. The couple lived together in London before moving to the United States and eventually settling in the Hudson Valley.
Miller was a beloved professor of German who taught at the College for more than three decades. She was a central figure in the SUNY New Paltz Language Immersion Institute, an innovative program that presented adult learners with a communicative and supportive learning environment for the acquisition of more than 20 different languages.
When she was not working with German language learners, Miller enjoyed painting, hiking and birding in the Shawangunk Mountains. She had an antiques business and volunteered as a tour guide on Historic Huguenot Street.
Miller is survived by her daughter, Dorothee, her son, Richard, and her two grandsons, Forrest and Cameron.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 15, at Copeland Funeral Home in New Paltz.