Ephraim Miller, 84

Ephraim Miller, a Hyde Park resident throughout the 1970s and 1980s, passed away the morning of May 28, in Beaverton, Ore.

Miller was born to Russian, Jewish immigrant parents on Sept. 8, 1930, in New York City.

From New York, Miller traveled to Boston to study chemical engineering at MIT. While in Boston working as a chemical engineer, Miller became interested in Hinduism and studied under Swami Akhilananda.

In 1971, Miller moved to Hyde Park to pursue a doctoral degree in southeastern languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago.

In 1979, Miller left Academia to take a job as a financial advisor with Merryl Lynch.

In 1997, Miller moved to Portland, Ore., to live out his years of retirement. He began studying Buddhism at Portland’s KCC Tibetan Buddhist Center under Lama Michael Conklin. Over the years, Miller acted as a board member for KCC and helped raise $4 million for a retreat building in Goldendale, Washington.

Miller was a lifelong musician who at one time considered a career as a concert pianist.

While living in Hyde Park, Miller took part in a play reading group that often met in local parks.

Miller is survived by his wife, Ann Miller, and his three children, Emily Jaycox, Jonathon Miller and Michael Miller.

“He was a walking encyclopedia of eastern religion,” said Jonathon Miller. “He was truly the sweetest man I have ever known.”