Dr. Michel L. Miller O’Neal
It is with deep sadness that we notify you that Dr. Michel Miller passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015. We all grieve the passing of a tremendous individual and pray for her family, including her parents, siblings and her husband of 5 years, Steve O’Neal and her young son, Kade (1 ½ yrs.) and two stepsons. She touched our lives in so many ways, as a wonderful colleague, brilliant educator, administrator, researcher and cherished friend.
Michel obtained a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Early Childhood from Shippensburg University, a Masters of Education in Special Education, Supervisory Certification in Special Education Administration, and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami. Her area of expertise was Special Education and Educational Leadership, and, in addition to founding the Special Education Program at Drexel University, was active in many professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children (PACEC) and the Council for Exceptional Children-Council of Administrator of Special Education (CEC-CASE). She was a friend and colleague to all on our PACEC Board, serving in many leadership positions, such as, Board Secretary, PA-CASE President and Regional 6 Director for the Philadelphia area.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve, Kade and all of the Miller and O'Neal families and friends.
It is PACEC's understanding that, in collaboration with Michel's family, Drexel’s School of Education will be hosting a campus-based Memorial event and PACEC will forward this Memorial Service location and date, as information becomes available.
Below is the link to Dr. Miller’s obituary:
Finally, Drexel’s School of Education has established the Kade O’Neal Education Fund in honor of Michel, detailed below.
Kade O’Neal Education Fund
The School of Education at Drexel University is deeply touched by the impact of Dr. Michel Miller’s life and scholarship on all of us. In response, we have established an education fund for her son, Kade, as a means to celebrate Dr. Miller’s life.
Individuals wishing to contribute to this fund are asked to do the following:
- Write a check to: PNC Investments
- Place the notation “Kade O’Neal/UTMA” in the memo line.
- Mail or deliver the check to:
Dean Nancy Songer
Drexel School of Education
3001 Market Street
One Drexel Plaza, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA. 19104