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Cancer Killed Miller But Did Not Beat This Peace Activist (Rod Ohia)
Leaguers Remember Rhoda
President's Message: The League and Its Future (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Country Zoning for Lihi Lani Illegal (Astrid Monson)
Report on Education (Pam Christoffel)
State League Convention Notes
Violence Prevention (Cindy Spencer)
Planning Conferences (Jackie Parnell)
Annual Meeting Notes (Jean Aoki)
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Membership Updates
Rhoda Miller Peace Garden (Helen Griffin, Betty M. Jacob & James McCutchen)
Focus on School Reform

Cancer Killed Miller But Did Not Beat This Peace Activist

After learning in 1978 that she had terminal cancer, Rhoda Miller set out to take care of unfinished business. One of her ambitions was to earn a doctorate, and she accomplished that goal, earning a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Hawaii.

Although the cancer claimed her life Monday (5/22/95), it didn't beat her. Miller, former associate director of the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the University of Hawaii, remained active until her death, fulfilling all her commitments.

She was editor of 'The Aloha Voter," the League of Women Voters' monthly newsletter, and got the May issue out before her death.

William R. Miller, a former FBI agent, described his wife of 39 years as a "very belligerent peace activist... She was a feminist but a loving and caring home person," he said.

Rhoda Miller, 64, was active in community organizations. She was a former chairwoman of the Honolulu Community-Media Council and Kailua Neighborhood Board, was a Neighborhood Justice Center mediator-mentor, and executive director of the Hawaii Council on Legal Education for Youth.

After coming to Hawaii in 1971, Miller worked as a librarian and high school English teacher at Star of the Sea, and administrator at St. Andrew's Priory School for Girls.

Miller also taught at the University of Hawaii. She wrote Institutionalizing Peace, an intellectual history of the movement that helped establish the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the book is widely used as a text in college-level peace studies courses.

Besides her husband, Miller is survived by her children, Steven and Marian; mother, Rose Andersen; brother, Dr. Rob Roy; sister, Linda Johnson; and two grandchildren.

Rod Ohia

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