Stanford Miller ("Stan")

Born: July 15, 1917, California
Died: December 5, 2005, California

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Stanford M. Miller taught Latin at Mar-Ken School in the 1940-1941 school year. His daughter Corinne tells that Stan grew up in Los Angeles, graduating from Belmont High School in the winter of 1935. He received his A.A. degree from Los Angeles City College in 1937, where he was a member of Alpha Mu Gamma. He received his Bachelors degree in Latin at UCLA in 1939, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his Masters degree in Latin at UCLA the same year he taught at Mar-Ken School, 1941. Stan was a professor of Latin at Los Angeles City College from 1946 until 1977, when he retired. He was National Executive Secretary of Alpha Mu Gamma, a foreign language honors society for 18 years. After retiring from Los Angeles City College, he supplemented his income by selling annuities. Stan's wife Grace passed away in 2005 after 58 years of marriage. They had two daughters, Corinne and Eileen.

- For by Alan H. Simon

From the January 24, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
"Don't Eat Spoiled Fish!" by Stanford Miller
(reprinted from the January Classical Outlook)

Very little is known about the life of Anthumus. He was a physician at Constantile under the emperor Zeno, but was banished under the following circumstances. The ostrogoths in Thrace had sent an embassy to Zeno: and while the embassy was in the city three men were found to be carrying on a reasonable correspondence with the Goths. One of them was "Anthimus the physician." They were arrested, tried, found guilty, scoured, and banished. Anthimus fled to the Goths. Later, in 489, Theodoric the Great invited him to come to Italy. Some years later he was sent by the latter's ambassador to another Theodoric, the king of the Franks and son of Clevis. The Franks were evidently suffering from a lack of medical knowledge, for while among them Anthimus wrote his treatise, which took the form of an epistle dedicated to Theodoric.

With this tried introduction I shall let Anthimus speak for himself by presenting excerpts from the translations. In them I have endeavored to preserve the amusing character of the original by retaining its quaint phraseology whenever that was possible.

"Primarily the good health of men depends upon suitable foods; that is, if they have been well prepared, they produce good digestion in the body, but if they have not been well cook, they produce heaviness in the stomach and bowels, create crude liquids and acidity, and make carbuncles and unpleasant belchings. From that source also steam ascends into the head, whence serious sigh-dimming mists before the eyes are even accustomed to arise. And besides, corruption of the stomach is produced from above through the mouth, when the stomach is unable to digest improperly cook foods. But if the foods have been well prepared, the good humors will be nourished.

"And likewise regarding drinks, one ought to use only as much as harmonizes with the food. But if one takes too many very cold drinks, the stomach itself, being chilled, has no power."

From the September 27, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:

Mr. Miller is mentioned as a new faculty member who will teach Latin.

From the October 11, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:

INTERVIEWS – Teacher Working For Masters Degree.

Among our teachers who are working for their Masters Degree is Mr. Miller, Latin Instructor.

Mr. Miller was born in California and has lived here all his life. He has served as a substitute teacher at Belmonte High School, and is at present also assisting in teaching Latin at U.C.L.A. He believes that the Mar-Ken students are brilliant in their work and show fine sportsmanship in all their relationships with teachers and with each other.

Mr. Miller's theory about the teaching of Latin includes the principle that Latin is not a dead language but a living language. It is still used in the Catholic Church, and was the language of the opening address at the 300th Anniversary of Harvard University. "One half the English language is derived from Latin," says Mr. Miller. "French, Italian and Spanish also carry much of the Latin derivation."

-By Concetta Ribaudo