John F. Miller, 83, co-owned printing firm

March 05, 2004

John F. Miller, former president and co-owner of a Baltimore printing company and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital. The Catonsville resident was 83.

Mr. Miller was born in Baltimore and raised on Loudon Avenue. He was a 1939 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Maryland in 1943.

He enlisted in the Army that year and served with an infantry unit in Europe, attaining the rank of captain. His decorations included the Purple Heart and the Silver Star.

Mr. Miller returned to Baltimore in 1946 and became a salesman for Griffith Coke Co. In the early 1960s, he joined Dulany-Vernay Inc., a printing company then located in the 2200 block of Reisterstown Road. He was an owner and president of the business from 1969 until 1983, when it was sold and he retired.

He was a former president of Printing Industries of Maryland, a professional association, and had served on the board of the University of Maryland Education Foundation. He was also a 33rd Degree Mason and a member of Boumi Temple.

Mr. Miller enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and golfing at Baltimore Country Club, where he was a member.

He was a lifelong communicant of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 4711 Edmondson Ave., where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Frances Pfeiffer; two sons, John F. Miller Jr. of Clarksville and Robert A. Miller of Ocean City; a daughter, Janet M. Howard of Lexington, Ky.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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