Remembering Ron Miller

Posted by Dawn Bayman on

We are saddened by the loss of a founder of Friends of KSPS, Ron Miller, who passed away last weekend. 

Along with Lois Rubens and Ethyl Grossman, Ron formed the Friends of Seven (now Friends of KSPS) back in 1972 as a way to raise funds for the fledgling public TV station then owned by Spokane Schools. The three of them laid the groundwork for an organization that would grow to over 30,000 members, raise over $4,000,000 a year, provide three-quarters of the station's operating revenue... and now owns and operates the station.

Ron was a teacher in Spokane Schools at Ferris High School and then Lewis and Clark High School where he chaired the History Department. He then moved into school district administration, all the while volunteering in the community--including with KSPS. 

During his many years of service on the Friends of Seven board, Ron was a strong and dedicated presence, helping to guide us with a faithful sense of mission and stewardship. He was our greatest cheerleader. Those of us who were privileged to work with him remember his kindness, concern for others and devilish sense of humor. He was truly a gentleman in every sense of the word.

Each of us who enjoys the programs on KSPS owes a great debt of gratitude to Ron Miller and his legacy. We wish all the best to Ron's family. 

Gary Stokes
General Manager