- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Former Tucson Mayor George Miller, who helped the city become the first in Arizona to adopt a hate-crimes law, has died. He was 92.

Miller died early Thursday at a Tucson nursing home, said his stepson, Gene Einfrank.

Miller’s health had been failing recently and his death occurred from natural causes, Einfrank said.

A Democrat, Miller served as Tucson mayor from 1991 until 1999. Einfrank says Miller was especially sensitive to the gay and transgender community and led efforts to pass a hate-crimes law in 1995.

“I will say what he would like people to remember about him was that he was a fierce advocate for social justice and humanitarian issues,” Einfrank said.

Born in Detroit, Miller moved to Tucson in 1939. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart.

After his mayoral tenure, Miller taught history and government classes at Pima Community College for 10 years. Einfrank said Tucson politicians, including current Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, still consulted with him.

A public memorial was expected in the next few weeks.

Miller is survived by his wife, Roslyn, eight children, 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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