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Obituary: Harold Miller ’45

Harold A. Miller, 87, longtime resident of Winnetka, IL, died June 15, 2010. Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, Hal attended Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH from which he graduated early in order to enlist in the US Navy in 1942. Hal served as an officer aboard the destroyer escort and sub chaser USS Forster in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific theaters. After his discharge from the Navy in 1946, Hal returned to Antioch College to work as a director of its Co-op Program, placing students in employment positions around the country as part of their education. It was at Antioch in 1946 that he met his future wife Ruth Geitz Miller whom he married in December of 1946.

In 1947 Hal began working for US Steel as a personnel manager, and in 1956 moved to the Chrysler Corporation where he was head of personnel, charged with modernizing the company's personnel organization. In 1958 Hal entered the fledgling field of management consulting where he helped develop modern methods of Executive Search, and later created the practice of Executive Audits.

Hal was active in the Winnetka Congregational Church, serving in many capacities, including usher and head of Trustees. He served on several boards, including that of New Foundation Center, Inc. which provides housing and other programs for the mentally ill. From his childhood days of swimming, camping, fishing and canoeing in Upper Michigan, Hal became an avid outdoorsman and explorer of life's adventures. Early in their marriage, Ruth introduced Hal to Martha's Vineyard Island, where they spent several summers before purchasing their longtime summer cottage in 1955. On the island and in the upper Midwest, Hal instilled in his family a love of the outdoors and a commitment to humanity's duty to act as a steward of nature.

Hal devoted his life to service to others, above all to his family: his wife Ruth, sons Douglas of Morton Grove, IL and Mark (Barbara M. Benedict) of West Hartford, CT, daughter Christina Miller Greulich (Peter) of Northbrook, IL, and grandchildren Evan Miller Greulich and Amy Christina Greulich. Memorials may be sent to New Foundation Center, Inc., 444 W. Frontage Rd., Northfield, IL 60093. Condolences may be sent in care of N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, 1240 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, IL 60025