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Artrelle was born in West Virginia but her ties to the Virgin Islands go
back to 1954, when her father, Leon P. Miller, became U.S. Attorney.for
the Virgin Islands and she began regular vacations to St. Thomas. It was
through friendships from those visits that Artrelle and Henry met in New
York City, leading to their marriage in 1958.
Artrelle always excelled in her studies, receiving a Bachelor of Science
degree at Virginia State University and a Master of Arts degree at Teachers
College, Columbia University. She worked at first as a chemist but her
greatest interest and most of her career were related to education.
Her exposure to education in the developing countries came in 1963,
when she spent several months in Nairobi, Kenya, helping to establish the
Ford Foundation's offices for East Africa. From 1964 to 1969, Artrelle
contributed her time and talents to support Peace Corps programs in the
Ivory Coast and Venezuela, where Henry was country director for the
It was after Artrelle and Henry moved home to St. Thomas in 1969 that
she found the commitment to which she was devoted for 24 years, the
institution which is now the University of the Virgin Islands. Beginning at
the College of the Virgin Islands' Caribbean Research Institute in 1970,
Artrelle held a series of administrative positions at the University: Direc-
tor of Admissions, Registrar, Director of Administrative Services and, at
the time of her retirement in June, 1994, Director of Academic Adminis-
tration. In each of these responsibilities, what was most consistent was
her dedication to the idea that UVI should hold itself to high standards
and, by doing so, set an example of excellence for its students.
Artrelle cared about the Virgin Islands and wanted us to live up to our
potential as a community. She was active for years with the League of
Women Voters and had become an enthusiastic member of the Rotary
Club of St. Thomas. She traveled widely, sewed beautifully, read vora-
ciously and took an avid and active interest in local and national politics.
Her candor and her wit could be unsparing -- but were always tempered by
her thoughtfulness, concern and generosity of spirit.
Artrelle had a good and fulfilling life, a life that touched many other
lives in warm and loving ways. She was a wonderful person. She will be
sadly missed and fondly remembered.
Husband, Henry. Sisters, Patricia Adams and Jane Johnson. Nieces,
Patrelle Johnson and Gwendolyn Adams. Nephews, Patrick Adams, Alton
L. Adams and Napoleon B. Johnson III. Grandnieces, Imani Johnson and
Satrice Adams. Grandnephew, Jaime Hodge.
FINAL PRAYERS AND COMMENDATION
Wycherley Gumbs, Ph.D., Officiating Minister
Music by Elton Chongasingh