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Pittsburgh businessman committed to faith, family, country

As a past president of the Pennsylvania Golf Association, which sponsors the Charles R. Miller Match Play that is named for his father, Richard Miller was a strong advocate of encouraging young people to play golf.

Aspiring young golfers participate in the yearly Match Play held in golf clubs throughout the state.

Richard H. Miller of Fox Chapel, past president of the former Fort Pitt Chemical Co. and member of the Fox Chapel Golf Club, died on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, in his home. He was 90.

Encouraging others to succeed in their careers and in life was typical of Mr. Miller, who was admired for his commitments to his family, his country and his church, said his daughter, Pamela Miller, a resident of Indianapolis.

During World War II, Mr. Miller, upon graduating in 1942 from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, entered the Army Air Corps, where as a glider pilot, he flew troops and supplies into battle areas.

“And despite the intense enemy flak that he encountered, Dad never hesitated in his mission,” said his daughter. “My father was proud to have served his country and never hesitated to perform whatever task was needed.”

After his discharge from the military in 1945, Mr. Miller joined Fort Pitt Chemical Co., which his family founded in 1910.

“Dad eventually became president of the company,” his daughter said.

Her father’s work ethic carried into weekends, she recalled.

“Although Dad played golf on Saturdays, he’d spend the mornings in his office,” she said.

“Dad’s customers appreciated dealing with my father,” said his daughter. “He was known for making good in dealing with his customers and for delivering the goods they needed in a timely manner.”

He retired at age 65.

Born and raised in East Liberty, Richard Miller was one of two children in the family of Charles Reese and Edith Allerton Miller.

Mr. Miller was a strong force in the education of his children, in their commitment to their faith and in refining their social graces, said his daughter,

“My father was raised a Presbyterian and, as a member of the Shadyside Presbyterian Church, he ushered and served as a trustee,” said his daughter. “This was in an era when the ushers wore tails.”

Miller recalled her parents as being highly regarded ballroom dancers.

“And as busy as Dad was, he took the time to teach us the art of ballroom dancing,” said his daughter. “He’d put on a record when he was home and have us dance with him.”

In addition to his daughter, Pamela, and his wife, Janet Wolfe Scully Miller, whom he married in 1947, he is survived by his children, Janet M. Lawson of Duxbury, Mass.; Richard H. Miller Jr. of Fox Chapel; and Charles A. Miller of Gainesville, Ga.

Mr. Miller is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, in the parlor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, with interment in Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville.

Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St.


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