N. Philip Miller, 82, helped design Goddard centerN...

February 11, 1996

N. Philip Miller, 82, helped design Goddard center

N. Philip Miller, who as chief of NASA's facilities engineering division helped design and build the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, died Jan. 31 of a stroke at Howard County General Hospital. He was 82 and lived in Columbia.

Mr. Miller's association with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration dated to 1940, when he went to work for a forerunner, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, at its Langley Field research station.

In 1941, he was transferred to Lewis Research Center for Jet Propulsion in Cleveland, where he had helped in the construction of the research center.

Between 1951 and 1956, he was assistant director during the construction at Lewis of the first supersonic wind tunnel in the nation. The tunnel is still in use.

In 1958, shortly after the creation of NASA by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Congress, Mr. Miller was appointed to design and oversee construction of a campus that was to be "conducive to effective management and creative activity."

After Goddard was completed in 1968, Mr. Miller returned to Lewis and retired in 1972.

Born and raised in Cumberland, he earned a civil engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1939 and worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in the Panama Canal Zone before joining the fledgling space agency.

After retiring, he returned to Maryland, where he was a consultant to the Department Housing and Urban Development and served on the advisory board that oversaw construction of the Interfaith Center and the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, both Columbia.

He was an avid watercolorist, and belonged to Howard County's Candlelight Concert Society.

A memorial service was conducted yesterday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Frances Bowman; two daughters, Barbara Miller of Columbia and San Francisco and Anne Miller-Bagwell of Berkeley, Calif.; and a brother, John E. Miller of Albuquerque, N.M.

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