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Community Mourns the Loss of Beloved Admissions Director and Coach Gary Miller '56

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Gary D. Miller '56,    beloved classmate, administrator, advisor, coach and friend to generations of members of the HM community.  Below is a copy of his obituary which includes details of the memorial service on June 5th and how to honor Gary by making a donation to Camp Merriwood's Campership Fund. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and classmates during this sad time.

 

The following obituary was published in the Greenwich Time on May 8, 2021.

 Gary Dayton Miller, 82, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 30th. Born in Mount Vernon, NY on September 29th, 1938, he was the beloved son of the late Gordon and Janet Miller. Gary graduated from the Horace Mann School in 1956 where he was the quarterback on the football team and point guard on the basketball team. He graduated from the University of Bridgeport in 1960 with a degree in education and continued there to earn a master's degree in education. After raising their family in Greenwich, CT, he and his wife, Judy, recently located to Hanover, NH, where Judy will continue to reside.

Gary dedicated his life to fostering an environment for thousands of young people to grow and thrive, often playing the role of surrogate father and grandfather. His career began as a teacher and head basketball coach at Wilton (CT) High School where his team reached the state championship game in the 1967-68 season. In 1968, he returned to his alma mater to join the faculty at the Horace Mann School where he was a teacher, the Admissions Director, member of the Guidance Department, and coach of football, golf, and girls’ basketball before retiring in 1997. While at Horace Mann, he was also a co-founder of Summer on the Hill, an academic enrichment program for local public school students, where he served as chairman of the board.

 His true joy was time at Camp Merriwood for girls in Orford, NH, which grew from his mother's vision in 1949. It was there in 1957 that Gary met the love of his life, Judy, when she caught his eye after picking her up at the train station her first summer as a counselor. She continued to capture his heart for almost 61 years of marriage. Gary filled many roles at Merriwood over the years: director, mower of soccer fields, bike riding instructor, gardener with his junior campers, and Santa - donning a red suit and white beard in the middle of the summer heat. Invariably, Gary would be working on some project around camp, but never intently enough that he wouldn't stop and chat with whomever came by. When not puttering around camp, Gary loved to hit the links with Judy, travel to Park City to ski, or cruise around the lake as the sun set, laughing and telling stories with his family.

Gary loved his family immensely, but his grandchildren were the apple of his eye. There was no bigger fan on the sidelines than Grandpa. He sported the appropriate team colors, wore the team swag like all the other fans, and in his eyes his grandchildren were always the best players out there. In addition to his beloved wife, Gary is survived by his daughter Susan (David) Hild, and sons Greg (Judy) and Mark (Renai) Miller, adored grandchildren, David (Ali) and Steven Hild and, Claire and Kevin Miller, and great-grandson, Archer Hild. He is also survived by his brother, Gordon Porter Miller and his immediate family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the "Moose and Janet Miller Campership Fund," named for his parents and created so girls who may not have been able to attend camp for financial reasons would have the opportunity to experience Merriwood. Checks should be sent to 37 Long View Road, West Hartford, CT 06107.

A celebration of Gary's life will be held on Saturday, June 5th at 11:00 at the Orford Congregational Church, Orford, NH with a reception following at Camp Merriwood.

Horace Mann School Alum Bethany Donaphin '98 Helps Guide the WNBA's Leading Role in Social Justice Efforts

Horace Mann School alum Bethany Donaphin '98 is a leader among today's professional athletes engaged in pursuing social justice.

A former center for the New York Liberty basketball team—after her starring on the Girls and Women's Varsity Basketball teams at HM and at Stanford University, as well as on overseas teams—Donaphin is now Head of League Operations for the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). This position sees her assisting every team in the League coordinate its players' equity activism. WNBA athletes are at the forefront of this effort, with a social justice focus intrinsic to the history of the League, now celebrating its first quarter century. Donaphin spoke about the WNBA's long record of activism, that was heightened during last year's 2020 season, on a "Sports and Social Justice: Creating Platforms for Change" panel during the espnW Summit NYC, held virtually on May 13, 2021.

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Sports Competitions Return to Horace Mann School, With Caution

Sports competitions have returned to Horace Mann School, following a year-long hiatus resulting from COVID-19 safety precautions. Throughout the 2020-2021 school year HM's student athletes involved in fall and winter sports engaged in practices, drills, and studied techniques together in the school's gyms and on its fields when classes were in session on campus, and with strict COVID-19 safety provisions in place. They also maintained their practice schedules via Zoom meetings with their coaches and teammates during the remote learning periods that HM had planned before the start of the school year. However, last fall's increased possibility of COVID-19 exposure, and the indoor aspect of winter sports, prevented competitions with other schools from taking place. As spring 2021 sees a gradual release in COVID-19 restrictions, with most adults and many Upper Division students having received vaccinations, HM athletes will participate in a limited number of contests with the other Hilltop Schools.

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Horace Mann School Senior Ericka Familia '21 Earns Prestigious Cooke College Scholarship

Horace Mann School student Ericka Familia '21 is one of 104 graduating high school seniors nationwide selected to receive a prestigious Cooke College Scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Familia was selected from among 5,800 applicants from all 50 states and U.S. Territories to receive up to $40,000 annually to cover costs associated with their undergraduate education. Cooke College Scholars are granted financial support, along with ongoing educational advising from Foundation staff, as well as access to a network of over 2,800 active Cooke Scholars and Alumni. Scholars also gain opportunities for internships, study abroad, and are eligible to apply for further funding for graduate school from the Foundation. Established in 2000, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation "is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need."

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Horace Mann School's SciTech 2021 Showcases Award-winning Research by HM Science Students
Throughout the 2020-2021 school year Horace Mann School students have pursued important science research and advanced science studies, qualifying them for international, national, and statewide science competitions. They've also participated in groundbreaking COVID-19-related research, during what has been a stellar year for the school's Upper Division Science Department. SciTech 2021, on April 22, 2021 offers the greater HM community a chance to learn about additional research by UD science students. Celebrating the 10th year of this HM tradition that was launched in 2011, SciTech takes place virtually, for the second year in a row, from 4 to 6 p.m.
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Exploring the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a significant way to observe Women's History Month. Horace Mann School alum Regina Kulik Scully '81 provides a new appreciation of this women's rights champion in the just-released documentary "Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words." Scully served as an executive producer of this latest look at Justice Ginsburg, who died in September, 2020 at age 87. The film premiered March 1, 2021 on Starz, and is streaming throughout Women's History Month.

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Horace Mann School Alums in STEAM Inspire Students during Women's History Month

Horace Mann School's observance of Women's History Month got off to an inspiring start with a virtual visit by five Latinx alums working and studying in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) fields. These graduates described their journeys in a panel discussion with the HM community, and became instant role models to current students. The program was titled, in English and Spanish, "'You've Got a Friend in Me": Latinx Horace Mann Women Alum as Role Models in STEAM/Hay una Amiga en Mi': Ex-alumnas Latinx ejemplares en STEAM de Horace Mann," and took place on the evening of March 2, 2021. Click to read more.

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Music Week 2021 Brings Horace Mann School Alums Back to Campus – Virtually

For over a decade Horace Mann School's Music Week has warmed the HM community during early February's cold days, with musical presentations in each Division. Despite 2021's COVID-19-imposed restrictions on live performances, HM upheld its Music Week tradition by inviting recent graduates back to campus to play and sing for a school-wide audience – virtually, that is. Music Week, from February 8 - 11, 2021, featured YouTube video performances by alums from the Classes of 2013 through 2019.

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Asia Night at Horace Mann School is among the most vibrant events on the school's calendar, with its music and dance presentations celebrating various Asian cultures. When this school year's coronavirus restrictions made it impossible to hold this much-anticipated event in person, the hosts, HM's East Wind West Wind (EWWW) student group, switched to an online format, to keep this tradition alive. Click to read more and to see the video performance.

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Horace Mann School Alum Marsha Hunt '34 to Receive Prestigious Mensch Award

Members of the Horace Mann School community will cheer on HM alum Marsha Hunt '34 as she receives the prestigious Mensch Award in a ceremony via Zoom on January 19, 2021 at 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. in Los Angeles, where the award will be presented.) The 103-year-old actor and social activist will be recognized for her seven decades of humanitarian service.

The award is presented by the Mensch International Foundation, which focuses on developing values within society that respect minority rights and freedom of speech and worship, and promotes an educational curriculum aimed at stamping out stereotyping and racist and anti-Semitic thinking. Previous awardees include President George H. W. Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, and Zubin Mehta. "The world 'mensch' is synonymous with Marsha Hunt," says Mensch International Foundation founder Steven Geiger. A mensch is a person who can be counted on to act with integrity and honor.

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Documentary Celebrating Actor, Activist and Horace Mann School Alum Marsha Hunt '34 Airs on TCM, December 11, 2020

Beloved actor and social activist Marsha Hunt, who graduated from the Horace Mann High School for Girls in 1934, and celebrated her 103rd birthday in October 2020, is still making news. As recently as Thanksgiving 2020 Hunt urged fellow citizens to practice "Thankful Giving" –asking those observing this national holiday to consider others going hungry – especially as the coronavirus crisis expands their ranks.

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Horace Mann School Alum Dr. Mace Rothenberg '74 Helps Guide Pfizer's Response to COVID-19

When Pfizer Inc. and Germany's BioNTech announced, on November 9, 2020, that they took a step closer to developing a COVID-19 vaccine, Horace Mann School alum Dr. Mace Rothenberg '74 illuminated the public on this internationally important breakthrough. "I am so proud of all the @pfizer and @BioNTech_Group colleagues, scientists, investigators, and volunteers who contributed to this OUTSTANDING achievement!#SuccessAchieveTogether" Dr. Rothenberg Tweeted the morning the news was announced. A video of Dr. Rothenberg explaining the careful process of developing the vaccine accompanied news stories about its recent data release.

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