Jerome “Jerry” Mileur, 83, died September 5, 2017. Born in 1934 in Murphysboro, Illinois, Jerry taught political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1967 to 2004 during which he mentored generations of graduate students. For 37 years he served variously as department chair, presiding officer of the Faculty Senate, director of the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs, director of the MPA program, and coordinator of internship and honors programs. His colleagues established the Jerome M. Mileur Internship Fund in his name in 2004 to honor his service. Professor Mileur was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal in 1997 for service to the University. Among many leadership roles, he served as president of the New England Political Science Association, editor of the journal, Polity, and co-editor of the University of Massachusetts Press book series Political Development of the American Nation. His love and knowledge of baseball was enormous. Professor Mileur owned a minor league baseball team and coordinated a yearlong interdisciplinary course on race in America concurrent with the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
Visiting hours with friends and family will be held at the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst, Sunday, Sept. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. with a brief service beginning at 4 p.m. A full memorial service will be held in Amherst, Sept. 30, with details to follow.
Given Jerry's long commitment to others and his community, we ask that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Amherst Survival Center, 138 Sunderland Rd., Amherst, MA 01002, www.amherstsurvival.org. God speed, Jerry, and may you rest in peace.
- Department News/General