Edward J. Miller, 69, highway engineer and consultant

July 11, 1999

Edward Joseph Miller, a retired state highway engineer and engineering consultant, died of a heart attack Friday at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. He was 69.

Mr. Miller, a former Catonsville resident, had worked for the State Roads Commission -- later the State Highway Administration -- as a construction engineer in Baltimore before being transferred to Western Maryland about 35 years ago. He resided in Hagerstown.

He was the district engineer for construction in the State Highway Administration's western-most district, which encompasses Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties, until his retirement from the agency about 20 years ago.

He then founded SWEMCO, Inc., a Hagerstown engineering consulting company, which he ran for several years before retiring.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Miller was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute and attended the Johns Hopkins University.

He enlisted in the Army in the years after World War II, serving in an anti-aircraft unit and rising to the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Miller was a member of the Maryland Classified Employees Association, the Knights of Columbus and St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Hagerstown, where he was an usher.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the church, 17630 Virginia Ave.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Ruth Smith; two daughters, Cecilia R. Miller and Theresa M. Moats, both of Hagerstown; four sons, Edward J. Miller of Salisbury, John F. Miller, of Funkstown, and George G. Miller and Allan R. Miller, both of Hagerstown; two sisters, Helen M. Kavanagh of Baltimore, and Mary M. McGeehay of New Oxford, Pa.; four brothers, Raymond M. Miller Jr., Charles T. Miller, Paul F. Miller and Robert Miller, all of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

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