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Retired Slavic Bibliographer and Professor Creates Legacy to Benefit Librarians and Researchers
February 15, 2017

Professor Laurence H. Miller, former University Library faculty member, has established the Larry and Mary Miller Endowment Fund. The new endowment will fund a professorship or scholars program and support Slavic, East European, and Eurasian collections and services.

“As one of the founding fathers of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies collection and the annual Summer Research Laboratory, Larry’s contributions to this field are quite monumental and unmatched by any of his contemporaries,” said Joseph Lenkart, Manager, Slavic Reference Service.

During his tenure, Larry collaborated with Ralph Talcott Fisher, Jr. (who passed away in 2015) and others to build an outstanding research library in the Russian and East European field which attracts scholars from around the world. The establishment of the faculty position, the Ralph Fisher Professorship in Slavic, East European and Eurasian Collections and Services, and the Ralph Fisher University Scholars, is how Miller is paying tribute to Fisher, his respected colleague, while creating his own legacy.

Miller, who retired after 55 years of service in 2014, still comes into the Library—now as a volunteer. He strongly believes in the work being done by Slavic specialists in the International and Area Studies Library and his generosity will ensure that generations of librarians and researchers will benefit from the collection he helped build.

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