On November 16, 2018, Robert H. Miller, age 88, died peacefully at his home in Bethany Beach, Delaware with his beloved wife of 66 years, the former Earlene Rose Burdine of Takoma Park, Maryland, by his side. He is survived by his 5 children (Lynn Niland, Brett Miller, Christy Sadler, Kim Lockett and Gary Miller), 8 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.
Bob Miller retired from Tenneco, Inc. after 30 years with the company. He represented the Houston, Texas company as its Vice President of Government Operations and Legislative Affairs based in Washington. At the time, Tenneco’s corporate holdings included Tenneco Oil, Tennessee Gas, Newport News Shipbuilding, Case International, among other subsidiaries.
Bob was a native Washingtonian who grew up in Southeast Washington and attended DC public elementary school in Anacostia. The eldest of seven children, he dropped out of fifth grade and for brief periods worked for the Metropolitan Police Boys Clubs, the Lowe’s Capitol Theater, Stott & Company Stationary, and as an Apprentice Machinist for the US Naval Gun Factory located at the time on the Washington Navy Yard.
Bob was a World War II veteran having enlisted in the US Navy in February 1945 at the age of 14. He was honorably discharged as a Petty Officer Second Class after 4 years in the Regular Navy, which included assignments both with Surface and Aviation/Carrier based units in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters. Upon completion of his active duty service, Bob continued to serve as a Navy Reservist attached to the Naval Reserve Submarine Division, at the time based out of the Navy Yard.
After the Navy, Bob obtained his GED and briefly attended the University of Maryland on a football scholarship at the height of the school’s prominence in the sport during the early 1950’s. He later played semi-professional football and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from George Washington University. During this time, Bob worked as a recreation playground director, part-time youth coach, cab driver, and driving instructor, all within the DC metropolitan area.
In 1957, Bob began working on Capitol Hill for then Texas Congressman Clark W. Thompson and became his Chief of Staff. As part of the Texas State Society on Capitol Hill, he was directly involved with then Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson and then served as a senior advance man for First Lady “Lady Bird” Johnson and LBJ during his presidential campaign and after his election.
While working on Capitol Hill, Bob joined the DC Air National Guard and served as Top Sergeant for the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing based out of Andrews AFB. He was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant from the USAF Reserve and later commissioned with initial assignment to the 9999th Capitol Hill Reserve Squadron, commanded by then Senator Barry Goldwater, MG, USAF Reserve. He subsequently served on active duty with USAF Systems Command under then USAF General Bernard A. Schriever. He eventually returned to the DC Air National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1966 at the rank of Captain before accepting a position in the private sector with Tenneco, Inc.
Bob was active in many civic, political and industry groups. He held memberships in the National Democratic Club, the Capitol Hill Club, the 116 Club on Capitol Hill, the Georgetown Club, the Burning Tree Club and Congressional Country Club. He also served on Congressional Country Club’s Board of Governors and was the former Golf Chairman of the 1982 and 1983 Kemper Open held at Congressional.
Memorial service and inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery will be scheduled at a later date.
Arrangements are in the care of Eastern Shore Cremation and Funeral Service a division of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 504 Franklin Avenue, Berlin, MD 21811. Please visit www.easternshorecremation.com to express condolences to the family.