Old Main Society 2010 Program

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Spirit of Old Main Emeriti Award

Gene W. and Ruth E. Miller

We are honoring Gene and Ruth Miller as the first recipients of the Old Main Emeriti Award for their lifelong dedication to education.


Gene started classes at Utah State University in 1946 and received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in soil chemistry. He went on to earn a PhD in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University. Later, he returned to USU as a faculty member in botany as a plant physiologist/biochemist. He also served as the first head of the Biology Department for 12 years prior to retiring as associate dean of the College of Science.


Gene's greatest interests over the years were research and teaching. More than 25 students received their PhD's under Gene's direction.


After retirement from Utah State, Gene and his family started BAICOR, Inc., a manufacturing business producing specialized plant nutrients for agriculture, golf courses, homes and gardens. As the company evolved, it was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in Utah.

Gene and Ruth Miller
Gene and Ruth Miller

Ruth returned to USU after having five children and received her bachelor's degree in languages, specializing in German and Spanish. Their first son, Wayne, received his bachelor's of science in biology, and their second son, Michael, completed his bachelor's in marketing from USU's Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.


The Miller family has established endowed scholarships in four colleges: Business, Humanities & Social Sciences, Agriculture and Science in appreciation of their USU education. They are also proud to support the USU library, and they are ardent supporters of the USU athletic program. The Millers also have made possible grants for basic research in biology and chemistry through BAICOR.