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Longtime WKU English Professor Mary Ellen Miller Passes Away


The longest-serving professor at Western Kentucky University has passed away.

Mary Ellen Miller taught English at the school for 54 years. She died over the weekend in Bowling Green at the age of 83.

She had been recuperating at Greenwood Rehabilitation Center after suffering a fall.

A post on the WKU English Department’s Facebook page said Miller’s death “is an enormous loss for the English Department, WKU, our region, and the arts community”.

Miller served as a faculty regent, was the school's Poet Laureate, and co-founded the Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies at WKU.

Miller was a native of Carter County in northeastern Kentucky, and graduated with an English degree from Berea College.

Funeral and visitation plans are incomplete at this time.

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