Bruce Stuart Miller
April 30, 1936 – Oct 31, 2020
On October 31st, 2020, Bruce
Stuart Miller, husband, father,
grandfather, brother, friend and
colleague, passed away peacefully
and happy in Edmonds, surrounded
by the love of his children at the
age of 84 years. Bruce will be lovingly remembered by his
two children Catherine & Craig, three grandchildren Soren,
Andreas & Sarah and his brother Bill. Bruce’s many, many
friends and colleagues will cherish their memories of happy
times together with him for many years to come.
Bruce Stuart Miller was born in Worcester, Massachusetts
and raised in Iowa City, Iowa together with his three brothers
Curt, Al and Bill. During these years, he was an active athlete.
He went on to study Chemistry and Biology at Grinnell
College and subsequently obtained an MS and Phd in Marine
Sciences from the University of Washington in Seattle. He
taught and researched as a full Professor in the School of
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington
for 27 years until he retired in 2002. Bruce continued serving
the field he was so passionate about for 18 more years as
Professor Emeritus. His contributions to the field of Marine
Biology are innumerable, but highlighted by his dedication,
love and gratitude for the Friday Harbor Labs on San Juan
Island which, in addition to being his favorite place to work,
was also a fantastic place to raise a family and go scuba
diving. Bruce will continue to influence future generations of
marine scientists through his textbook, ‘Early Life History of
Marine Fishes (2009).’ His true contribution to our world was
his unassuming ability to personally touch and support so
many colleagues, students and people around him. He was a
very caring and compassionate person.
Bruce met his devoted wife, Aase Marie, of 55 years while
they both were working at the UW College of Fisheries in the
early 1960s. After Catherine and Craig came along, they built
a life together near Redmond, Washington. For both of them,
family was the center of their world and they both participated
fully in their children’s growing up years.
Bruce is preceded in death by his wife, Aase Marie.
A private funeral ceremony will be held in early
November. A celebration of Bruce’s life is planned postpandemic.
Donations in Bruce’s name can be made to the
Friday Harbor Labs Discretionary Fund: https://fhl.uw.edu/