HELEN ROSETE NAGTALON-MILLERHELEN ROSETE NAGTALON-MILLER 85, died at home in Ahuimanu Hills, Kahaluu on March 2, 2014, following hospitalization for pneumonia. She is survived by her husband of 62 years Bob Miller, 3 nieces, 4 nephews, 5 grand-nieces, 2 grand-nephews, 2 Aunts and numerous cousins. She was born in Waipahu to Fausta Rosete Nagtalon and Dionicio Reyes Nagtalon, who predeceased her, as did her younger sister Juliet Nagtalon Miller. Helen attended August Ahrens Elementary School in Waipahu and for the third grade, Shamrock School in Laoag, Ilokos Norte, Philippines; Waipahu Intermediate and High School, Class of 1946; University of Hawaii, B.Ed. (English & Music) 1950, 5th Year Professional Certificate (Secondary Level) 1951, M.A.(French) 1967; Sorbonne, Paris, France, Diplï¿½me D'ï¿½tudes de Civilisation franï¿½aise, 1962; Ohio State University, Ph.D. Foreign Language Education, Philosophy of Education, 1972. She taught at Nanaikopono Elementary in Nanakuli, Waipahu Elementary, Jarrett Intermediate, and Kalani High School. While at Kalani Helen volunteered to take over the French classes when their teacher was hospitalized. She enjoyed the experience so much that she applied for and received a sabbatical leave to study at the Sorbonne in Paris the following school year. Following her studies at the Sorbonne, Helen and her husband traveled through as much of France and Europe. She resumed teaching at Kalani but after a couple of years decided to pursue graduate studies in French at UH, earning a Masters degree in French Literature while working as a Graduate Assistant. With a job as an Instructor in the Foreign Language Department, Helen found that the career ahead of her was restricted to teaching beginning French unless she got a Ph.D. so she enrolled the Graduate School at Ohio State University in Language Education and Philosophy of Education, specializing in Analytic Philosophy. Her Ph.D. was awarded in 1972 and as a reward Helen and Bob flew to Paris where they spent six weeks touring parts of France and especially Paris that they had rushed through ten years before. Helen's final two decades of employment were varied and rewarding including counseling graduate students in the School of Social Work and in the School of Public Health, Operation Manong, and administering the Bilingual-Bicultural Program in the DOE. Helen was appointed to the Hawaii Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights during the Reagan Administration and served as Chairperson from 1983-85; she was appointed to the Governor's ad hoc Committee on the Status of Women; to the first Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission; in 1996 when the board of directors of the Filipino Community Center was expanded from three to 16 she was one of the new members; she was a founding member of Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii (FAHSOH) and its President from 1981-2000; was a member and served on the Board of Directors of the Japanese-American Citizens League (JACL) from 1981-2000; served on the Hawaii Committee for the Humanities (HCH) now named the Hawaii Council for the Humanities; and was active in other civic and human rights groups. Helen was the recipient of several awards, among them a "Women of Distinction" award from the Honolulu County Committee on the Status of Women in 1982; the 1985 National Education Association "Award for Leadership in Asian and Pacific Island Affairs" in Washington, D. C.; the 1986 Alan F. Saunders Civil Liberties Award from the ACLU for Outstanding Contributions and Dedication to Civil Liberties in Hawaii; and a 1994 University of Hawaii Distinguished Alumni Award. Service at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary, 45-425 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, Friday, April 4, 2014, 9:30 am Visitation, 10:30 am Service, 1:00 pm Inurnment at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe. Aloha Attire. Donations to Filipino Community Center of Hawaii to aid Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts.
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