William L. Miller Jr.

Thursday, March 2, 2006

Born 12-27-1926 -- Died 2-11-2006

A memorial celebration for the life of William Lee Miller Jr., will be held at Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, Mo. March 10 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. George Gordon and Rev. Paul Diehl officiating. He was born in Mammoth Spring Dec. 27, 1926, and died Feb. 11, 2006, at Foxwood Springs Living Center in Raymore, Mo.

Dr. Miller was an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), who graduated from Lexington Theologi-cal Seminary with honors. Phillips University honored him with a doctor of letters degree. His undergraduate work was done at the University of Arkansas and at Phillips University where he received a bachelor of arts degree in history and religion. Additional graduate work was taken at the University of Kentucky and Indiana Univer-sity and non-degree programs include the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard Business School. He held pastorates in Rogers and Tulsa, and for several years was in the retail drug business. He served in the United States Coast Guard as pharmacist's mate third class from 1945 to 1947.

Joining the Division of Higher Education in 1962, he served the board as assistant executive secretary, vice president for program, and was elected president of the Division of Higher Education in March 1968. In 1977 he went to Washing- ton, D.C., to head the denomination's multi-million dollar campaign to restore the historic sanctuary at National City Christian Church and to raise monies for national ministries and endowment. Dr. Miller was the regional minister of the Upper Midwest in 1982, serving the states of Iowa, North and South Dakota and South Idaho until his retirement to North Carolina in 1993.

Survivors are his wife, Delores (Dode) Bryan; children, Georgia Beach and William Lee Miller III, and Steve Shrum, Vickie White, Lisa Rhodes, Mark Shrum and Brian Shrum; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Research, P.O. Box 1950, Clarksburg, MD 20871-1950, or Miller Scholarship Fund, Lexington Theological Seminary, 631 S. Limestone St., Lexington, KY 40508.