COL Richard Whitey Andrew Miller (USA Ret.)

February 26, 1930August 9, 2013


Richard Miller (“Whitey” to many friends) died at Virginia Hospital Center on August 9 from multiple illnesses, including Leukemia (CLL) contracted from exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

Born to Albert and Minta Miller on February 26, 1930 in Shawnee, OK. Richard attended two years at the University of Oklahoma before entering the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1953.

Originally an Infantry officer, he became a Ranger-Parachutist. He later transferred to Armored Cavalry and served in many capacities around the world. While aide-de-camp to the CG of the 10th Division in Germany, he met Jane Kennicott Lillard. They were married in Stuttgart in 1956 and began their military life together. His career included varied, challenging and interesting assignments, including two tours in Vietnam where he advised ARVN Armor units and later became CO of the 2d Squadron of the 1st Cavalry Regiment and then commanded the 3rd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division, receiving awards of two bronze stars and a silver star. He taught Military History at the University of Scranton, served three times in the Pentagon and eleven years in Germany. The latter included tours at V Corps Frankfurt, VII Corps Stuttgart, and then in Stuttgart-Boeblingen as the Commander of the 3d Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division. The family also enjoyed two years with the British Army of the Rhine and ended assignments in Germany with four years in Garmisch, where Richard was CO of the Armed Forces Recreation Center, with units in Garmisch, Chiemsee and Berchtesgaden. He was a graduate of the US Army War College and received a MA in history from the University of Scranton and a MSBA from Boston University. After retirement in 1983, Richard worked for the Mountbatten Fund, University of Southampton, England, and later as Interim Director of Facility Services for Washington National Cathedral and the three schools located on the Cathedral Close.

In addition to Jane of Arlington, Richard is survived by five daughters: Rebecca (COL John) Tisson of Carlisle, PA; Lucile (Jack) Gordon of Arlington; Minta (COL James) Caine of Fernandina Beach, FL; Amy Miller of Arlington; Catherine (Gary) Hennig of Arlington; and eight grandchildren: CPT Miller Tisson; Hannah T. Shields (1LT Terrence); 2LT Brewster Tisson; Amelia Gordon and Grant Gordon; Caswell Hennig, Samuel Hennig and Witt Hennig.

A funeral service will be held on August 20 at the Old Post Chapel, with burial to follow at the West Point, NY Cemetery. A gathering for friends and family will be held at the Ft. Myer Officers’ Club in early September. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at


  • Funeral service Tuesday, August 20, 2013
  • September gathering for family and friends Sunday, September 8, 2013

COL Richard Whitey Andrew Miller (USA Ret.)

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Marie Cooper

September 6, 2013

Jane, I am so sorry to hear about Richard's passing. I am now retired from the Cathedral, living in Winterville, NC and had not gotten this news until today when a former colleague/friend, Vince Scola emailed me. Richard was my boss at the cathedral and I couldn't have asked for anyone better! He continually told me what a great job I did and even shared that with others. I'm sure it was exaggerated but it made me feel appreciated and I know I worked harder! I often think about a phrase he used quite often, one he said he picked up in another country during his Army travels - "Maybe soon". I now use it myself occasionally! I know he is in a wonderful place now, smiling down on all of you. I hope, knowing that, brings you peace.

Donna D'Alessandro

August 27, 2013

Dear Lucy: I am so very sad to learn of your father's passing. He will always be one of my very favorite people. After all these years I remain utterly unable to pack a bag without thinking of him and smiling. My love and condolences to you, your Mom and the rest of the Miller clan. xo Dee

August 20, 2013

Dear Jane,
Richard was taken too soon. His gentle and generous ways, his commitment and devotion to his loving family is an enduring legacy. His children and grandchildren will be the bearers of his wisdom, his dignified grace, and his reverence for life, faith and country. The blessings of his life will continue in those he loved and touched. With heartfelt sympathy and love to you and the family, Lynn and Gary

Annelore Harrell

August 19, 2013

dear Lucy, we will keep you in our prayers at this saddest of times......

Tamela Maxim

August 19, 2013

Lucy, I am so sorry! I will be thinking about you and praying for you while you travel tomorrow. The Harrell girls love you very much and wish they could be there to hold your hand. Sending much love and sympathy to you and your family.

Tamela Maxim

August 19, 2013

So sad for you Lucy! The Harrell girls love you very much - we are crying with you. Praying that God wraps his arms of comfort around you in a way that is more real than you've ever experienced. Love to you and your family. Wish I could be there to hold your hand. Try to remember - this is not our home - maybe that will help just a tiny bit.