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Adjunct Mass Communications Instructor Touched Many Lives

February 19, 2008

Nancy Miller
Nancy Miller

Journalist Nancy Miller touched many lives, including students at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park. Miller was found slain in her home in Chesterfield on Feb. 1. 

Miller, a retired journalist with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was an adjunct professor in the Mass Communications department at STLCC-Forest Park. She also had just begun serving as the adviser to the student newspaper, The Scene, following the retirement of Kathe Dunlop in December.

In the most recent edition of The Scene, Managing Editor Kristy Arbon wrote: "Nancy Miller stood at the helm of The Scene for three short weeks, but in that time staff and students had grown quite attached to the gentle Southern belle.  Nancy first graced us with her presence in the fall, infusing the newsroom with her low, smooth lilt. After her baptism of fire in possibly the craziest business on campus, Nancy entered the spring semester as The Scene adviser, feeling nervous and overwhelmed, exuding confidence and experience. In one fell swoop, Nancy picked up a blank schedule for Issue 1, plucked story ideas from the air, identified the right reporter for each job and allocated assignments in a way that made us believe we could do anything.  We were delighted with our new captain, and looked forward to what promised to be a very enriching experience for the semester.

"It was all over in an instant, and we are now left with the tragedy of a teaching career cut short. We mourn the loss of a charming, diplomatic, insightful, witty friend and mentor."

Plans for memorial donations are pending.