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A Life Devoted to Proving ‘You Can’

Photo of Paul S. Miller
David Deal

Paul S. Miller ’86, a leader in the disability rights movement, died Oct. 19, at age 49. Miller was on the faculty of the University of Washington and was also an adviser to President Barack Obama ’91.

“In a world where persons with disabilities are still too often told ‘you can’t,’ Paul spent his life proving the opposite,” Obama said in a statement after Miller’s death. “Paul went on to become a law professor, disability law expert, one of the longest-serving commissioners of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, an adviser to President Bill Clinton and, later, an invaluable adviser to me. But more important than any title or position was the work that drove him. He dedicated his life to a world more fair and more equal, and an America where all are free to pursue their full measure of happiness—and all of us are better off for it.”

Read a Bulletin profile of Miller.


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