College professor, homestead farmer, ‘grampa,’ powder ski hound.
Professor Emeritus Ralph Henry Miller, former chair of the College of Business Administration’s technology and operations management department, died on April 19 after a long battle with a rare genetic strain of cancer. He was 73.
The longtime Claremont resident was born in Berkley and raised on the three generational family homestead ranch near Gustine, where he helped his father and brother build their ranch house.
Miller earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 1967 and his master’s degree from San Jose State in 1970.
After receiving a doctorate in psychology from Claremont Graduate School, where he was the founding director of the Center for Applied Social Research, he was hired by Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business Administration.
He served as chair of the technology and operations management (TOM) department for eight years and was integral in the college’s successful efforts to achieve accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. He was the founding chair of the University Council of Chairs and served in that capacity for three years. He was a founding member of the California State University Production Operations Management Faculty Association, serving as its first president and then as its secretary for more than 15 years.
His service to the students of Cal Poly Pomona was exemplified in his contributions to the student advising programs for more than 15 years. He received the department’s outstanding faculty award three times, the college’s outstanding advisor award, and the college’s outstanding advisor award, given at the university level. His contributions and recognition extended to his service for the business honorary society, Beta Gamma Sigma, from which he received the organization’s outstanding professor award in 2006.
He also served as the campus advisor for Delta Sigma Pi, the co-educational international business fraternity for 25 years and was …