PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The love story of two veterans resulted in the culmination of a love to give an opportunity for others to be educated. 43 years ago, Rudolph Miller met his soul mate, the late Louise Henderson-Miller at Womack Army Hospital in Fort Bragg, North Carolina during military service in the United States Army.
“I admired her as she cared for seriously injured soldiers in the emergency room,” recalled Miller. “Her beautiful eyes captivated me.”
Louise wanted to become a registered nurse but didn’t complete her studies.
Nevertheless, she worked in health care helping senior citizens and shut-ins. She volunteered countless hours and welcomed the forgotten into their home. Through her years of service to others, it was evident that she had the heart of a nurse but had health problems of her own. As years went by, her health deteriorated and she was no longer able to help others.She passed away May 22, 2014.
“Our 43 years together flew by so fast,” said Miller. “Through the years, our different personalities strengthened our marriage like steel rods reinforce concrete.”
Mr. Miller always admired the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and was accompanied by his mother-in-law Corinne Jones to present the institution with a check for $25,000 – the initial part of a $100,000 endowment for the Louise Miller Endowment Scholarship. The proceeds will benefit any student majoring in nursing at UAPB.
“It’s gifts like these that come from the heart and show what a big heart [Mr. Miller] has for this institution and his deceased wife,” said UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander. “This is a great way to honor her memory and continue giving life through the university. It is admirable that he would see the need and demonstrate his commitment by contributing so significantly in this way. This is a major gift and we are honored to receive it.”