Publisher, author, history scholar and
NYMAS' outstanding Executive Director
Robert L. Miller, NYMAS Executive Director, passed away after a long illness on
October 9, 2016.
Robert L. Miller was the founder
and publisher of Enigma Books, an independent publishing company
specializing in contemporary American and European
espionage and military history. He was the editor and translator of over
15 books from French, Spanish and Italian into English. He also launched
and ran Language Publications, a software language learning company.
Earlier in his career he was Vice
President of a division at Macmillan Publishing Company and taught at
various universities including Herbert Lehman College CUNY. With
degrees from the University of Paris at Nanterre and Middlebury College, Mr. Miller was the Executive Director and Board
Member of the New York Military Affairs Symposium where he had
also lectured a number of times. He was the co-author of the
Encyclopedia of Cold War Espionage (2008) and Indochina and
He also served on
the Advisory Board of the Soldiersí, Sailorsí, Marinesí, Coast Guard and
Airmenís Club of New York City.
Bob Miller, fluent
in Italian, French and English, was an excellent historian, fine conversationalist, and a wonderful friend.
Jerry Trombella, NYMAS member and Dean
of Research and Planning at Hudson County Community College wrote:
Robert was the first person who greeted me when I came to my first
NYMAS lecture. His kindness always stood out. He was a real
cosmopolitan scholar, current in many different branches of
knowledge, but his kindness is the impression that stands out most
when one spoke with him."
NYMAS President Prof. David Gordon said of
terrible tragedy. Robert Miller was a fine, highly intelligent,
cultivated, courteous, and honorable man. This is a frightful loss
for all who knew him. My deepest condolences to his family, and to
his very many friends.
November 5th at 1 pm, a memorial service
will be held at the Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard and Airmen's Club, in midtown.