Will Miller
1940 - 2005
Will addressing UVM Anti-War Rally
AP News Photo of Will addressing Anti-War Rally at UVM Bailey-Howe Library
This Web Site is the Loving Project
of Ann Lipsitt and Jay Moore
and All of You!
Ann's Eulogy to Will, April 24, 2005
Lew Lipsitt's Eulogy to Will, April 24, 2005
Vermont Guardian Article on Will
Seven Days Article on Will
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Photos from Memorial Service,
April 24, 2005
Photos from UVM Speak-Out
in Memory of Will, April 1, 2005
Photos from Marx in Soho
Recent Photos from Will's Life
Older Photos from Will's Life
UVM Speakout April 2, 2005
Speak-Out in Memory of Will at the University of Vermont, April 2, 2005
Will with Vets for Peace Banner at Bread & Puppet 1997
Will with Vets for Peace at Bread & Puppet 1997
Leading Up to War: Will's thoughts before the invasion of Iraq
Quicktime 15 min. Video (35 mg)
by Danny Weiss

We created this site for you to reflect on how Will's words and actions have impacted your own life and how he influenced you, your thinking and/or your life. Will found these messages comforting and encouraging to read while he was fighting this disease.

Please continue to write testimonials on this website even though Will can no longer read them. They are a comfort to all of us who continue to visit the site to keep a connection with Will and with others who cared about him. We know that many people are coming back to the site to reread entries. We especially would like to continue to hear from you. It is a great comfort to us to know that others are out there and thinking about how Will influenced your life. At some point, Will's partner, Ann, might use these entries to help her write about Will and having all these stories about how Will effected your life will inspire that project and create a better picture of his life. He was an extraordinary man. Everyday, Ann thinks about how he influenced, comforted and assisted her in her own personal development. As he said in an article in Seven Days, he is with us in our memories and our actions. So, share with us your thoughts. Even if you have written before, write again as thoughts occur to you. We can be a comfort to each other and you may help us or others to write a biography about Will -- a person who spoke truth to power, never wavered in his belief that people can change the direction that the politicians and the corporations are taking us and would stand up and teach us with his vast knowledge and ability to connect the dots. He is missing from our lives but not in our hearts and minds.

To all of you who have written to Will and Ann, this has been an amazing journey down memory lane. We had so many conversations based on the words you have written. Will and I have been honored and caressed by your comments and thoughts. Thank you very much for sharing your words and emotions. We wish everyone had a website where others let them know how they feel. It makes no sense to wait until someone has died to gather together and talk without the person present. We encourage each of you to let others know how you feel. Every word of encouragement is fuel for continuing to do the work we do and be the people we want to be. Let others know how you feel and how they make a difference in the lives of others.

If you would like to send a message to Ann by "snail mail", the address is 10 Machia Hill Road, Westford, Vermont 05494. Or, if you want to send a personal message, not posted on the site, you can use Ann's email address alipsitt@sover.net.

We will be adding photos periodically so you may want to check back later read what others have written, view the pictures and maybe add another comment as it comes to you. If you have photos to add to the page, please send those to me and we will add them, too.

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Willard "Will" Miller, Emeritus Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vermont, died after an eight month struggle with lung cancer. He died in the arms of Ann Lipsitt, his life partner and wife of 25 years. He was 64 years old.

Will was born in Chicago on August 29, 1940, the first child of Lois Nadine Henderson Miller and Willard Marshall Miller, Sr. He attended Chicago public schools and enlisted in the Army on his 17th birthday. He joined the U.S. Army Security Agency, becoming a signal analyst with a top secret codeword security clearance, carrying out electronic surveillance missions directed at the Soviet, East German and Czechoslovakian forces in eastern Europe from 1958 to 1961. He earned his GED while in the Army and passed an exam exempting him from his freshman year of college. At the University of Illinois, he received his B.A. in 1966, M.A. in 1968, and Ph.D. in 1969 all in the field of philosophy.

Will began his career at UVM in 1969, teaching courses in the philosophy of education, Marxism, American philosophy, radical ecology, and utopian societies, among other topics. Over his 35 year teaching career, Will taught thousands of students in his classes, at teach-ins and speakouts, and as a guest lecturer. He gave talks for the state humanities council in the '80s, and spoke at numerous demonstrations and rallies.

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Ari and Eli Fishbein

Ari and Eli Fishbein -- According to their father, Jerry Fishbein, "They are here in part because of Will's influence and are testimony to this fact. Because of Will's and our work, the struggle will continue... "
On Getting Along in Difficult Times
By Howard Zinn

You ask how I manage to stay involved and remain seemingly happy and adjusted to this awful world where the efforts of caring people pale in comparison to those who have power?

It's easy.

First: Don't let "those who have power" intimidate you. No matter how much power they have they cannot prevent you from living your life, speaking your mind, thinking independently, having relationships with people as you like. (Read Emma Goldman's autobiography "Living My Life". Harassed, even imprisoned by authority, she insisted on living her life, speaking out, however she felt.)

Second: Find companions who have your values, your commitments, but who also have a sense of humor. That combination is a necessity!

Third (Notice how precise is my advice that I can confidently number it, the way scientists number things): Understand that the major media will not tell you of all the acts of resistance taking place every day, the strikes, protests, the individual acts of courage in the face of authority. Look (and you will certainly find it) for evidence of these unreported acts. And for the little you find, extrapolate from that and assume there must be a thousand times as much as what you've found.

Fourth: Note that throughout history people have felt powerless before authority, but that at certain times these powerless people, by organizing, acting, risking, persisting, have created enough power to change the world around them, even if only a little or briefly. . . .

Fifth: Remember, those who have power, and who seem invulnerable, are in fact quite vulnerable. Their power depends on the obedience of others, and when those others begin withholding that obedience, begin defying authority, that power at the top turns out to be very fragile. Generals become powerless when their soldiers refuse to fight, industrialists become powerless when their workers leave their jobs or occupy the factories.

Sixth: When we forget the fragility of power imposed from above, we become astounded when it crumbles in the face of rebellion. We have had many such surprises in our time, both in the United States and in other countries.

Seventh: Don't look for a moment of total triumph. See it as an ongoing struggle, with victories and defeats, but consciousness of people growing over the long run. So you need patience, persistence, and you need to understand that even when you don't "win," there is fun and fulfillment in the fact that you have been involved with other good people in something worthwhile.

Okay, seven pieces of profound advice should be enough.
Howard Zinn

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