Jean Ellen Miller tells the story of her life in this interview, which was recorded on three occasions in 2014 and 2015.
In Part 1, Miller describes being a young child raised during the Depression in the home of her Scottish grandparents, following the death of her mother. She discusses how she received a scholarship to Pembroke College before she had even applied, and she relates several elements of her life as a student, including the summers that she spent working in New Hampshire. She then recollects aspects of her long career as a teacher and administrator working in schools across the country, sharing stories about specific students and events.
Parts 2 and 3 of the interview concentrate largely on Miller's life as a volunteer and an advocate for different cultural initiatives. She describes the Dorset Theatre, the Maple Street School, the Vermont Women's Fund, and several other organizations that she has supported as a fundraiser and board member.
In Part 4, Miller discusses attending Pembroke College after World War II. She then describes her family and several events from her childhood in more detail, and comments on her experiences in positions of leadership. The conversation then turns to travel and the many places she has visited, which include the Soviet Union and Antarctica. Miller ends the interview with a story about meeting Robert Frost.
Pembroke Hall, Brown University, Providence, RI