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William Lee Miller of New York died May 27, 2012. While at the University, he held a Commonwealth professorship and was the Thomas C. Sorensen Professor of Political and Social Thought. He retired from the department of rhetoric and communication studies in 1999, after directing the Program in Political and Social Thought. Prof. Miller continued his affiliation with the University as a scholar in ethics and institutions at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. He was chief speechwriter for Adlai Stevenson’s second presidential campaign in 1956 and wrote presidential messages in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare for President Lyndon B. Johnson. His academic work explored the confluence of politics, religion and ethics, and his book Arguing about Slavery: John Quincy Adams and the Great Battle in the United States Congress won the D.B. Hardeman Prize as the best book published in 1995 about Congress. He also published a two-part ethical biography of Abraham Lincoln and contributed numerous articles to the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post and the Yale Review, among others. Prof. Miller’s final book, Two Americans: Truman, Eisenhower, and a Dangerous World, was published in April 2012. Survivors include his wife, Linda Moore Miller (Grad ’87).