Michael Miller


Michael (Mike) Cadden Miller passed away on April 2, 2017 at the age of 74.

Michael Miller was a citizen of the world having dual residency in London, England and Watertown, New York. After serving in the United States Air Force, Mike committed his 45-year career to the institutional advancement of independent and international schools across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

In particular, he was the Director of External Affairs at The American School in London from 1998-2008 and Principal of MLW Consultants, LLC until his passing.

Over the course of his career, Mike served professionally on the committees for the European Council for International Schools (ECIS) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Mike received CASE’s Robert Bell Crow Award for Excellence in the Independent Advancement Field and Europe Award for Distinguished Service to International Schools.

Mike was a great believer in supporting community and gave generously of his time and talent serving on countless boards and supporting numerous organizations in his hometown of Watertown including: Samaritan Medical Center, Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern New York Arts Council, Watertown Urban Mission, TIERS, First Presbyterian Church of Watertown, and many others.

Mike graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon (Class of 1960), Union College (Class of 1964), and completed his Masters in School Administration and International Education at the University of Michigan.

Mike is survived by his husband, Clement Wong; his niece Debbie Jankanish and her husband Greg Jankanish; his niece Wendy Cadden Thomas and her husband Bill Thomas and their children, Benjamin Cadden Thomas and Mathew Thomas.

A private service will be held on April 6, 2017 at Mortlake Crematorium in London, England for family and close friends with the hope of planning a Celebration of Life for Michael in London later in the year.

A memorial service will be held on April 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM at First Presbyterian Church, 403 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601.

A memorial fund has been established in Mike’s name to honor his deep passion and commitment for music, the arts and education. Donations in his name may be sent to:

The Michael C. Miller Inspiration Fund, Northern New York Community Foundation, 131 Washington Street, Watertown, NY USA 13601.

Gifts can also be made online by visiting: http://www.nnycf.org/giving/donate-online/

Mike’s family, friends and colleagues will greatly miss his energetic personality, big-vision thinking, and passion for life.

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