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October 9, 2011

GC president: 'Words cannot adequately convey our grief'

GOSHEN — Goshen College President James E. Brenneman today sent a statement to students, faculty and staff. It conveyed sad and grim news.

“It is with profound sadness that I inform you of the death this morning of Professor James S. Miller, 58, a professor of biology at Goshen College since 1980,” Brenneman said.

Miller and his wife, Linda, were attacked early today during a home invasion robbery.

“Jim died at the scene and Linda was wounded, and was being treated at a regional hospital,” Brenneman said. “Police are conducting an investigation into the death, so we encourage all members of the campus community to cooperate fully.”

Police have asked anyone with information in connection with the case to contact the Goshen Police Department at (574) 533-8661 or the Michiana Crime Stoppers at (800) 342-STOP.

“Words cannot adequately convey our grief over the enormity of this tragedy,” Brenneman continued. “We offer our prayers and support to the Miller and Jeschke families and we ask that you please keep them in your prayers. We also will be holding in our prayers Professor Miller’s students, colleagues, friends and alumni.

“In the coming hours we will pass along any information we receive about arrangements. We also will be contacting Professor Miller’s students about arrangements being made for his classes.”

Prayer and reflection

Brenneman also said that at 8 p.m. tonight, there will be a brief time of prayer and reflection for the campus community outside the south entrance to the Science Building “to give all an opportunity to grieve and to pray for our brother and friend.”

About James Miller

Professor James Steven Miller came to Goshen College to teach in 1980, the same year he completed his doctorate degree in medical biochemistry at Ohio State University, Goshen College staff reported. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry in 1975 from Bluffton (Ohio) University.

The Goshen College Board of Directors granted Professor Miller tenure in June 1985. He primarily taught upper-level courses taken by students in nursing, pre-medical and other health-related tracks.

Miller is survived by his wife, Linda, three children, his mother and other family members.

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