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Ruth Furman Miller (MM 1942) and David Miller (CIT 1942)

Ruth Furman Miller (MM 1942) and David Miller (CIT 1942)Public spirited, community minded, dedicated to the common good: These phrases describe the lives of Ruth Furman Miller and David H. Miller.
The couple met in grade school and both graduated from Carnegie Tech in 1942. They remained proud and loyal alumni all their lives.

In addition to their alma mater, the Millers had a strong affinity for Pittsburgh as well. In 1962, living in Mount Washington, the Millers learned that the Duquesne Incline was slated to be shut down. Determined to save this historic service, the Millers organized the community, collected funds door-to-door, and started the organization that successfully saved the Incline and runs it to this day. Thanks to the concern of the Millers, the Incline remains in full operation as a beloved Pittsburgh institution.

David Miller died in 2008, and Ruth in 2015, but their legacy of caring and concern lives on: Their estate plan included a substantial gift to Carnegie Mellon, which will be used to create a Presidential Fellowship in their name. The Presidential Fellowships and Scholarships Program was established by President Subra Suresh in 2014 to enable CMU to continue to attract the most promising applicants and retain the highest caliber of student scholars. The Millers’ estate gift will generate income in perpetuity to support talented graduate students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Throughout their lives, the Millers worked to preserve and better the city and community they held dear. Now, their legacy at Carnegie Mellon will ensure that the best and brightest students can become tomorrow’s leaders and agents of positive change, like the Millers themselves, here and throughout the world.