Miller shares memories of time at John Carroll

Miller shares memories of time at John Carroll

Mackenzie Snyder, Entertainment Editor

     During your time at JC, you probably have met Mr. Ed Miller, the school’s archivist. Whether it’s been a brief hello in the hallways or listening to some of his amazing stories, interacting with Mr. Miller is always a privilege.
     Mr. Miller attended Loyola Blakefield beginning in 1943. He grew up in Govans, Maryland. Lacrosse has always been Mr. Miller’s passion, and after college, Mr. Miller became the first lacrosse coach for Loyola. In 1969, the principal of JC at the time, Father Reap, invited him to coach lacrosse at JC.
     “I liked what I had heard about John Carroll and was excited to start,” Mr. Miller recalled. “But I said to Father Reap that I’d only be interested if I could also teach Russian.”
     At the time, JC did not have a Russian program, so Mr. Miller started to create a program from scratch.  “I taught Russian for 40 years, and I loved every second of it.” He said, “The kids were incredible and had such a passion for the  language. Russian and lacrosse have been my life passions, and it was so special to share that with students.”
     Having been at JC for 51 years, Mr. Miller has seen a lot of change. He has seen the switch from nuns to regular teachers. He has seen the rise of technology in the classroom. He has seen a lot of principal and staff turnover and has watched many classes graduate.
     However, he feels like everything has stayed the same.
     Even though the Russian program ended several years ago, and Mr. Miller no longer coaches lacrosse, he is still an active part of the school community. Since last year, Mr. Miller has been the school’s archivist.
     “My job as archivist is basically to just tell stories,” he said. “If there’s something you want to know about the school or its history, I can answer it,” said Mr. Miller.
     Currently, Mr. Miller is working on a project to recognize the hard work of all the nuns who have ever worked at JC.
     “We’ve never really recognized all of the sisters who worked so hard and gave so much for this school. It’s time for us to say a proper thank you.”
     This project will be a large poster that will be hung at the front entrance to the school and will include pictures of the nuns who have worked at JC.
     When asked if there’s anything else that he’d like people to know about him, Mr. Miller talked about wife and three daughters, one of whom was baptized in the John Carroll chapel.