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Remembering NCRA Past President Jerome Miller

June 1, 2012

The entire reporting world lost a great leader this month when NCRA Past President Jerome Miller passed away. For those of us in NCRA who were privileged to have worked with and to know Jerry, we lost a wonderful friend. Jerry was a man of vision and accomplishment. His presidential theme, “Building Bridges," became a key link in expanding NCRA's outreach beyond the shorthand reporting community, whether deaf and hard-of-hearing organizations and people, the judicial administrators, and non-shorthand reporting organizations. Jerry had the gift of being the consummate Chicago pragmatist and an incredibly skilled, though subtle, manager of people. I spent six years on the Board of Directors of NCRA working with Jerry, including one as his President Elect and one when he was Immediate Past President. It was incredible that no matter how much Jerry disagreed with you, there was never the least bit of animosity shown. He would hit you with that great Irish smile of his and all disagreements would end when you walked away from the Board table.

I'm certain that this well-remembered Irish blessing will be repeated when others speak of Jerry Miller, but I'm sure I'm speaking for all of us who knew Jerry in NCRA when I repeat it, "May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand."

Martin H. Block, Ph.D.
NCRA Past President 1989-1990