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February 20, 2024

Alumni Notes | February 2024


June (Martin) Llewellyn headshot

June (Martin) Llewellyn '53 (History) went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 25, 2023, at The Landings at Canton Hills, Canton, GA. June was born on April 5, 1931, in Franklin, PA. She was the eldest of four daughters born to the late Edward Herman Martin and Mildred (Rice) Martin. June was a member and consummate pastor’s wife of the Free Methodist Church, where she was involved in nearly every aspect of church service, including the choir, teaching, and Godly consultant to her late husband, Reverend Dr. Charles “Bud” Llewellyn. When her children were of school age, June returned to school at the University of Illinois to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She subsequently taught 3rd grade at Prairie School in Urbana, IL, for 26 years. June is remembered fondly by those whose lives she touched both in the classroom and in the church.

In addition to her parents, June was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Dr. Charles “Bud” Llewellyn, Jr., grandson, Charles “Chase” Llewellyn, IV, siblings Joyce Perry and Janice Martin, and five sisters-in-law, Charlotte Jackson, Virginia Jones, Mary Francis Snedeker, Dorothy Van Dyke, and Cora Wohnhas. June is survived by her three children, Robin Snider and her husband, Darrell, of Waleska, GA, Dr. Charles Llewellyn, III, and his wife, Denaze, of Virginia Beach, VA, and Darren Llewellyn and his wife, Karen, of Island Lake, IL, as well as 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. June’s sister, Yvonne Atkinson of Waterford, PA, also survives. Most important to June was that the generations that followed her were all raised in the church where they love and serve the Lord.

 Bishop Reginald McGill headshot

Bishop Reginald McGill '11 (Theological Professions) 


Just close your eyes and you will see

All the memories that you have of me

Just sit and relax and you will find

I'm really still there inside your mind

Don't cry for me now I'm gone

For I am in the land of song

There is no pain, there is no fear

So dry away that silent tear

Don't think of me in the dark and cold

For here I am, no longer old

I'm in that place that's fled with love

Known to you as 'UP ABOVE’

 Martha (Roby) Miller headshot

Martha (Roby) Miller '57 (History) Martha was a smart, creative, and hard-working woman of faith. She was a wonderful mother and spouse. She delighted in Handel’s Messiah and Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, in her grandchildren, in U.S. history and East Asian culture, and in birdwatching, cooking, exercising, reading, sewing, singing, and traveling. She delighted also in working for fairness and equality and in deducing patterns from numerical information and sharing with people about those patterns. Over the course of her life, she was a devoted fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Florida State (FSU) Seminoles, of CBS News and National Public Radio, of the Book-of-the-Month Club, of the Cleveland and FSU symphony orchestras, and of the Ohio Yearly Meeting (Evangelical Friends Church), the United Church of Christ, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She was also friends and colleagues in particular with three elected Florida Commissioners of Education and the pastor and their spouse of three of her churches.

A practical problem-solver who relished getting things done, Martha – very late in life – also came to enjoy just hanging out and doing activities with friends and neighbors. Martha was born Martha Jean Hildreth on June 9, 1934, at the Friends Rescue Home in Columbus, OH, to Helen Oladine Hildreth and Virgel Joseph Fitzgerald. At age 10 Martha became Martha Roby, when her Mother married Clarence Roby and Mr. Roby adopted Martha. Martha became Martha Chang in 1957, when she married Richard T. Chang, a college classmate and international student from South Korea. After Richard became a naturalized U.S. citizen, Richard and she had two children, Perry and Penny. 

In 1987 Martha changed her last name to the maiden name of her maternal grandmother (originally, Olive Bell Miller), thus becoming Martha Miller. Martha was the first person in her family to go to college. She graduated from East High School in Columbus and went on to earn a B.R.E. from Cleveland Bible College (now Malone University in Canton, OH), a B.A. from Roberts Wesleyan College (outside of Rochester, NY), an M.Ed. from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in History from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Educational Research from the University of Florida.

For 35 years, Martha worked as an Educational Researcher and Policy Analyst for the Florida Department of Education, in Tallahassee, advising 10 Florida Education Commissioners and the State Legislature in areas such as teacher supply and demand, enrollment projections, critical teacher shortages, and academic skills attainment (standardized test scores). For a time – via her committee work – she also advised the College Board, producer of the SAT college aptitude standardized test. Martha’s work was familiar to colleagues and researchers across the state and around the country and even sometimes to the public (for example, when a study of hers was described and she was quoted in USA Today).

Martha participated in the life and worship of over half a dozen churches during the course of her life. Among the most important were Sullivant Avenue Friends Church (in Columbus, OH), her childhood church and the church where Richard and she were married; the United Church of Gainesville and the United Church in Tallahassee; and First Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Ruling Elder on Session three times and as President of the Choir.

For a couple of decades of her life, Martha was very involved in the life and work of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She served as President of the Tallahassee (FL) AAUW branch and as a state officer, newsletter editor, and (twice) state convention chair for Florida AAUW. Martha organized an important Educational Equity Roundtable for Florida AAUW, which contributed mightily to AAUW’s push for gender equity in the schools (including for the incorporation of women and girls into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields and to equal treatment of boys and girls in K-12 school classrooms).

In 1997 Martha was named an Outstanding Woman (of Tallahassee) by the Tallahassee AAUW branch. Although Martha spent the majority of her life living in Central Ohio or North Florida, she also lived in more than half a dozen other places, including in Ann Arbor (MI) (three times), Kyoto (Japan), Boston, and Tokyo (Japan). She also traveled to England and France. After living for 31 years in the same house in Tallahassee, she spent the last 14 years of her life across town at Westminster Oaks Retirement Community. At Westminster Oaks, Martha served as Treasurer of the Residents’ Council and chaired the Employee Gift Fund drive. She was also active in a Parkinson’s support group. Martha was preceded in death by her father Virgel Fitzgerald, her mother Helen Beck, her (second) stepfather Marston Beck, and her sister June Darnell, as well as by many extended family members and friends (including childhood and college friends Edith Buss, Barbara Lloyd, Violet Price, and Jennie Wood). She is survived by her sister Sandy Spain and brother-in-law Don Spain (of Grove City and Marysville, OH, respectively) and her sister Barbara Bush (of Canal Winchester, OH), her son Perry Chang and daughter-in-law Stephanie Gregory (of New Albany, IN), her daughter Penny Chang and son-in-law Serge Rascle (of Crozet, VA), her grandson Vincent Mathews and granddaughter-in-law Alexis Meriwether (of Jeffersonville, IN), and her grandson Jacob Chang-Rascle (of Brighton, MA), as well as by a myriad of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family members and friends and caregivers (including special friends Peggy West, Rochelle Davis, and Marian Moore and special friend and caregiver Sherrie Pride).

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