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Robert C. Lindquist, 76, Hallstead, PA, formerly of Susquehanna, PA passed away Sunday, April 20, 2003 at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, NY, after an illness.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Linda Lindquist, Susquehanna; one daughter and son-in-law, Debra and William Rombach, Friendsville, PA; one brother, Arthur Lindquist; eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Robert was a veteran of the United States Navy and Army, serving in the Korean Conflict, and retired from the service in 1967 as a Master Sergeant. He then worked for GAF Corp. in Binghamton for many years. He was a devoted and loving father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

The funeral service was held on April 24 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Rev. Kenneth Bitler officiating. Burial, Evergreen Cemetery, Susquehanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Hospice Unit, Binghamton, NY.


John D. Miller, 77, of State College died Sunday, April 20, 2003, at the Fairways at Brookline, State College, PA.

Born June 4, 1925, in Oakland Township, PA, he was the son of Col. Walter L. and Frances Susan Post Miller. On June 11, 1949, in Forest City, PA, he married Helen Jean Dribnack of Susquehanna, PA, who survives at home.

He was a 1943 graduate of Susquehanna High School and served in the United States Maritime Service during World War II. In 1949 he graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering. Upon completion of his studies, he took a position as an architectural draftsman at Penn State. Subsequent to that he was named Chief Draftsman, then Head, Division of Building Construction. He was later named Assistant Director of Physical Plant Planning and New Construction and then Director of Physical Plant Planning and Development. He was named Assistant to the Vice President for Business in 1983 and finally to the position of Assistant to the Vice President for Business and Operations from which he retired in 1987. Responsible for planning and overseeing construction of University facilities, he was involved in the development of most of the physical plant at the Commonwealth Campuses, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Behrend College, the Capital College and a large portion of the University Park Campus. He was also integrally involved in the long-range master planning for most of the University’s physical plant. One of his greatest professional challenges was raising the Beaver Stadium structure to add 25,000 seats between the last game in 1977 and the first game in 1978.

He was a registered professional engineer and charter member of the Society of College and University Planning. He was also a member of the Association of Physical Plant Administrators of Colleges and Universities, the Facilities Management and Planning Group and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. In 1984 he received the University’s McKay Donkin Award for outstanding contributions to the economic, physical, mental, or social welfare of Penn State faculty. He was Penn State's representative on the Centre Regional Planning Commission from 1972-1982, serving as Chairman in 1977, 1978 and 1982 as well as a member of the University Area Joint Authority for twelve years. Additionally, he was a life member of State College Elks Lodge 1600 and a 50-year member of the R. W. Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania.

In retirement he enjoyed a variety of interests including family, travel, golf and following his grandson's academic and athletic pursuits.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Thomas A. Miller and his partner Patricia A. Street of Williams, OR; two daughters, Robin M. Burman and her husband, Russell M., Susan D. Younkin and her husband, Bruce A., both of State College. Also surviving are grandsons Brian D. and Kevin S. Younkin, and Christopher J. Burman. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Thomas and Allan Miller.

Visitation will be Monday, May 12, 2003 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Eloise B. Kyper Funeral Home, 1034 Benner Pike, State College, PA. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Burial will be in Centre County Memorial Park. Arrangements are being handled by Eloise B. Kyper Funeral Home, Inc. Condolences may be e-mailed to

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the State College Area School District’s John D. Miller Scholarship Fund, 131 W. Nittany Ave., State College, PA 16801.

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