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MILLER, Ralph Morley

February 4, 1930 – Calgary, Alberta
March 27, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Ralph Miller passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the age of 88 years.

Born in Calgary on February 4, 1930, Ralph graduated Western Canada High School in 1949. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. in English from U of A in 1952 and 1959. Ralph received his M.A. from Yale in 1954 on a Ford Fellowship and his Doctorate in Education from UCLA in 1967. He taught at Crescent Heights and Henry Wisewood High Schools. Ralph was a Professor of Education at U of C 1965-93. During part of that time, he was Department Head and Associate Dean. Ralph and family lived in Ottawa 1969-71 while he was an educational consultant for Canadian International Development Agency. He was a chairman of the Calgary School Board 1982-83. Ralph was guest faculty at the University of Sussex 1984-85. Continuing his focus on international education, he was a deputy director of the U of C Department of International Development 1989-91.

Ralph was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed cross-country skiing, backpacking, hiking, running, and cycling. He had a lifelong interest in photography. Following his retirement, Ralph maintained his interest in polar exploration and travelled to both the Antarctic and Arctic. He will be best remembered for his gentleness, his way with words and keen sense of humour.

Ralph is survived by his son Greg; his daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanne and Martin, Lorraine and Tim; his grandchildren, Michael, Danny, Noah, and Delaney.

Ralph was predeceased by his beloved wife of sixty-three years Ruth Miller in 2017.

A Private Family Service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to express their thanks to the Rocky Ridge Retirement Community, his home for the last four years.

In living memory of Ralph Miller, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. John R. (Jack) McDonad

    Fond Memories of days in mutual International Centre involvements. A truly fine gentleman. With sincere condolences, John R. (Jack) McDonald – Professor Emeritus Faculty of Social Work, UofC

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  2. Fred and Billie Scott

    Our days together in the Phi Kap fraternity house during our university days were among the treasures of my life and Ralph (I guess it will all come out because his eloquence earned him the nickname “gas” which he endured with indignity since he knew that people were taking in his witticism with an open mind). In the days after graduation our paths did not cross due often, I regret; I suppose that being a legal hack did not mix well with higher philosophical utterances so the occasional gatherings of the brethran were the common forum to magnify the hy-jinks that accompanied our perceptions of life and those are a balm to our memories. May the good Lord roll out the red carpet for you , Ruth and Ralph. I shall continue bemoaning the loss of another one of my “few remaining friends” but if everyone refrains from relating my campus cut-ups to the powers above, we shall rebuild again the years of our youth with joy. May God bless.

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  3. Native Calgarian Society

    On behalf of the Native Calgarian Society I express our sincere condolences to the Family.
    We will remember Ralph for his leadership and delightful company over many years
    Kevin Nelson
    President

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  4. Greg, Jeanne, Lorraine, and families:

    We saw the notice of your dad’s death in the latest U. of A. New Trail magazine, and only after finding his obituary online did we learn of your mom’s passing in 2017. Your mom was one of our mom’s (Gwen (Sinclair) Hughes’s) dearest friends, and one of her bridesmaids when our parents Gwen & Walter Hughes were married in 1953. (Actually, your maternal grandparents were also good friends of our own, Gordon and Irene Sinclair. I–this is Neil talking now–remember your grandfather Charlie Gauld and his mellifluous Scottish brogue very well to this day; he would often greet me in the narthex at First Baptist Church in Edmonton when I was a child.) Mom was very fond of your dad Ralph, too, and I know she would have had many kind things to say about both of them at these sad occasions had she not predeceased them in 2012. So on behalf of our mother Gwen, our thoughts are very much with you, and we know you will remain very proud of both your accomplished parents for the rest of your days.

    Neil Hughes (Athens, Ga., USA)
    Elaine Hughes (Victoria, BC)
    Robert Hughes (Calgary, AB)

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