Paule Miller obituary

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| WMU News
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Paule Miller

Paule Miller, associate professor emeritus of languages and linguistics at Western Michigan University, died May 1 in Madison, Wisconsin. She was 91.

Miller joined the faculty in 1961 to teach French and retired in 1992 after 31 years of service to the University. She was forced to retire early due to surgery for a brain tumor which left her blind. Years later, she developed additional tumors.

About Paule Miller

A native of France, Miller was a major and minor advisor for her department for many years and wrote "Parlons de Tout," a textbook published in 1983 for French conversation at the university 300 level.

In addition, she was a member of several professional associations and active on a wide variety of University committees, many of which she chaired. She also was a reader of abstracts for what is now WMU's International Congress on Medieval Studies and was involved in advancing computer literacy for students at the University and computer-assisted French instruction both on campus and nationally.

Before coming to WMU, Miller taught elementary school at Lycée of Saint Quentin in France in 1944-45 and taught French at Parchment High School from 1960 to 1962.

She earned a bachelor's degree from WMU in 1960 and a master's degree from WMU in 1964.


A celebration of Miller's life will be held from 5 to 7  p.m. Friday, June 3, in Kalamazoo. Details will be announced online at


The family obituary and message book are available at

Memorial gifts may be made to a Humane Society of choice or to Home Health United, Hospice.