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In memoriam: Tom Miller, Tucson travel writer, journalist

In memoriam: Tom Miller, Tucson travel writer, journalist

Long-time Tucson travel writer and journalist Tom Miller died on December 19, 2022; he was 75.

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Miller left college in Ohio to follow the antiwar movement of the 1960s. He preferred covering the protestors and their experiences, and wrote for the New York TimesNational Geographic, Rolling Stone, and other publications.

Miller authored Where Was I? A Travel Writer's Memoir; Revenge of the Saguaro; On The Border: Portraits of America's Southwestern Frontier; Trading with The Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba; The Panama Hat Trail; and The Assassination Please Almanac; and edited How I Learned English; Como Aprende Ingles; Writing On The Edge; and Arizona: The Land and The People. All of these books are available on Miller's website

Miller enjoyed traveling and writing about his observations and the people he met on his adventures. He was especially passionate about Cuba, where he met his wife, and writing about Cubans "as he saw them." Miller will posthumously receive a 2023 Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (MOCA) Local Genius Award at MOCA’s annual gala in April.

Over the years, we developed a strong relationship with Miller, and Special Collections houses The Tom Miller papersWatch a 1992 interview with Miller from the Arizona Alumni Forum videocassettes streaming on our Aviary site.

You can read the full article at Tucson.com (12/22/2022).