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  • Phillip R. Morgan, PhD wrote on February 16, 2008 report

    As a former schoolmate of Milford's at JHS 40 in Jamaica,Queens, I was thrilled many years later to learn that he had become a music professor at Bennington College and a renowned jazz drummer. Milford was always deep and profound, even as a kid living in the projects--always with a lot on his mind. I last saw him in a Chelsea library some years after high school when he tried to explain to me what he was studying in music--since I didn' comprehend a thing he said, I knew he was already deep into something serious!
    In recent years I've contacted him occasionally, once to ask for help with my wife's arrhythmia condition. He was kind and gracious and very humble in his willingness to help us--love him for that. Now here we are in 2008, I am teaching high school math after many years of college teaching and many other experiences in this world of trying to make a living while holding on to your values, and trying to connect with troubled and lost kids; so I find Milford's words in the interview very inspiring and helpful. It means a lot to me to know that Milford has kept his values through it all--never punked out, never punked in. To me he is not just a great teacher and musician, but a hero.