Dr. William R. Miner Obituary

Dr. William R.  Miner
Dr. William R. Miner

April 13, 1924 - February 11, 2017
Born in Wooster, Ohio
Resided in Bridgewater, NJ


Dr. William R. Miner, a resident of Arbor Glen in Bridgewater since March 2000, died there on February 11, 2017. He was 92. Actively involved in the Arbor Glen community, he was selected a Living Treasure in 2002, served as vice president and president of the Residents Association, 2004-2008. In 2008-2011, he was the first elected resident representative member of the Arbor Glen governing board.

Born in Wooster, OH, on April 13, 1924, he earned a BA from Hiram College (1945), an MSW from the University of Michigan (1950), a PHD from Brandeis University (1976), and received an honorary LLD from The College of Wooster (1969).

Miner had a varied career in the USA and overseas spanning more than fifty years. He worked for the YMCA and a pilot community service delivery project in Detroit, MI, and for the county tuberculosis association in Indianapolis, IN.

His first overseas assignment was with the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) in an Arab village development project in Israel. He later served as the United Nations Community Development Expert to the Government of Liberia.

Miner was on the staff of the U.S. foreign aid agency (USAID) for thirty-eight years.
There were short-term assignments as community development advisor to the national governments of Korea, Tanzania, and Togo. He served for four years in that capacity to the Government of Kenya, two years before and after independence. In headquarters in Washington, DC, he worked in four geographic bureaus and four central technical bureaus. He was founding director of the Office of Urban Development, a position he held for ten years. He was official USA delegate to international meetings in London, Paris, Rome, Geneva, Manila, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Vancouver and New York, and was permanent USA representative on the United Nations Commission on Human Settlements. Miner retired in 1998.

He was a founding member of the National Association of Social Workers and its Academy of Certified Social Workers and member emeritus of the American Public Health Association. He also was a member of The Presbyterian Church at Bound Brook, NJ. As a tenor soloist, he performed in the USA and overseas. He is survived by his wife, LaVerne, his stepson, Edward Wright (Meghan), a foster sister, Shirley Smith, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, February 18, at 11:00 am at the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church, 409 Mountain Avenue, Bound Brook, NJ 08805. They will be preceded by a 10:15 am Committal Service at the Bound Brook Cemetery across the street. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, Somerville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Arbor Glen friend-to-friend Fund, 100 Monroe Street, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 or to the Mary Ellen Watson Miner Endowed Scholarship Fund, Hiram College, P.O. Box 67, Hiram, OH 44234.



Bound Brook Presbyterian Church
409 Mountain Avenue
Bound Brook, NJ
Saturday, February 18, 2017
11:00 AM


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