Appalachian Community Development Association recognizes,
in memoriam, the contributions and generosity of
the following people.
By Roberta Campbell and
Michael E. Maloney
Dr. Danny Miller died Nov
9, 2008 at age 59 of a heart attack.
A native of North Carolina, Miller brought his interest
and expertise on Appalachia into his research and teaching. Miller
was also known for his sunny disposition, friendliness
and outward shows of affection. At his memorial
service he was referred to as "the heart and soul" of
NKU. It was also noted that he was famous for
his vigorous bear hugs.
Miller was a one-time member
of the Research Committee and assisted in the planning
of the committee’s
1995 Urban Appalachian Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.
stands out in my memory in many
ways. His contributions to Appalachian studies
were enormous. He edited at least two major books on
Appalachian literature as well as a magazine. His
personal charisma gave him enormous influence over
all with whom he came in contact and he always used
this charisma to do good. He did not let his
brilliance go to his head. He came out of the
ivory tower to do hard work for causes like the Appalachian
Miller was also a member
of the Appalachian Studies Association. He
will be remembered in a special session at the ASA
conference on March 27.
By Phillip J. Obermiller
Faber, 88, died Jan. 7, 2008 from the effects
Son of Herbert
Faber, one of the "Fathers
of Formica" and
founder of the Appalachian Fund located in Berea
and Cincinnati, Stuart added activism to his father's
philanthropy. He was personally involved in the
work of the Council of the Southern Mountains, the
Cincinnati Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee, the
Better Housing League, and the Urban Appalachian
He was a close
personal friend and confidant
to many in Cincinnati's Appalachian movement, including
Ernie Mynatt, Michael Maloney, and Maureen Sullivan.
independent builder and developer, Stuart brought
a small businessman's insight to the many non-profits
he helped nourish. A friendly and unassuming man, he
devoted countless hours to community-based organizations
as an advisor and board member.
getting out his pocket knife and carving on anything
at hand when community meetings became particularly
intense, his habit gave rise to the phrase, "It
was a knives-on-the-table meeting."
Appalachian Council later instituted the
Stuart Faber Award in recognition of "people
who whittle away at the problems facing urban Appalachians." The
award, an engraved pocket knife, is proudly carried
by many activists in southwestern Ohio.