Water For People Saddened by Passing of Founder Kenneth J. Miller
June 1, 2010
By Jill Muegge
Water for People is saddened by the passing of organization founder Kenneth J. Miller on June 17, 2010. Miller was instrumental in the conception and foundation of Water For People, and his vision continues today.
Miller, a life-long active member of the water and sanitation community, became president of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) in 1981. One of his main goals as president was to address AWWA’s role and responsibility to assist third-world developing countries eradicate water poverty.
As AWWA president, Miller worked tirelessly with others to establish an outreach program to assist those in underdeveloped countries obtain potable water and sanitation, and his dedication continued long after he stepped down from office. It took nearly seven years to achieve all of the approvals necessary for the new organization, and in 1991, Water For People was born.
Miller served as the first president of the board of directors for Water For People, working with the executive director to set the mission and values that continue to guide the organization. Today, nearly 20 years later, Water For People remains at the forefront of the water crisis, working with other non-governmental organizations, governments, local communities, private sector companies, and entrepreneurs to implement innovative, sustainable programs.
“Ken was not just the 'founding father' of Water For People, but an active volunteer,” said Elisa Speranza, President of Water For People Board of Directors. “His spirit will live on in the work of Water For People, transforming the lives of thousands of people in poor communities around the world.”
Miller’s legacy is honored by the Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award, established in 2001 to recognize outstanding volunteers for their service and leadership in the advancement of Water For People’s mission at the local committee and regional levels.
Services for Miller will be held on Wednesday, June 23 at the following times:
- Viewing: 10:00 a.m. at Fairmount Cemetery, 430 South Quebec Street, Denver, CO
- Grave Side Services: 11:00 a.m. at Fairmount Cemetery, 430 South Quebec Street, Denver, CO
- Memorial Services: 2:00 p.m. at Christ Congregational Church, 2500 South Sheridan Boulevard, Denver, CO
- Celebration of Life Reception: 3:00 p.m. at Pinehurst Country Club, 6255 West Quincy Avenue, Denver, CO
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