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August 15, 2017

From the desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe


Rear Adm. Floyd “Hoss” Miller passed away the morning of Aug. 15. He is survived by his son and daughter and their families. Rear Adm. Miller graduated from Fort Schuyler in 1953 and returned to his alma mater, serving as president from 1982 to 1995 after a successful 29-year career in the U.S. Navy. He remains one of the longest-serving presidents in Maritime’s history and his contributions to his alma mater have had a lasting impact that are still felt today.

Rear Adm. Miller entered the Navy after graduation and served in various leadership positions including as commanding officer of a destroyer, first commanding officer of the nuclear powered cruiser California, commander of a cruiser destroyer group, and commander of the U.S. Naval Recruiting Command. It was there, as he tried to recruit Maritime College students to the Navy that he reconnected with his alma mater. He was promoted to rear admiral in 1977 and retired from the Navy in 1982. As president of Maritime College, Rear Adm. Miller coined the phrase, “First and Foremost,” to distinguish the college among its peers. This mantra continues today. His hands-on leadership style resulted in a strong regiment of cadets and an increase in minority enrollment. In 1990, his efforts resulted in the college receiving the Training Ship Empire State VI, which recently returned from yet another successful summer sea term.

He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler, which provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the maritime industry and history. Since its opening, the museum has welcomed thousands of school groups and other visitors. As a Maritime community, we are grateful for all that Rear Adm. Miller did for the college. Though we have lost a great friend and leader, his influence and the fond memories many of us have of him will remain strong for years to come.

The Board, Memberships, and Staff express their deepest and most sincere sympathies to Admiral Miller’s Family. May he rest in peace.

Capt. Jeffrey W. Monroe, MM, MTM, AMPE Director: Education, Standards and Training Programs International Association of Maritime and Port Executives 11 Katahdin Road. Portland, ME 04107-2828 USA Phone: (207) 741-7000, Cell: (207) 615-7989

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