John R. Miller, General Services Director

August 09, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

John R. Miller, retired director of Maryland's Department of General Services and longtime recreational soccer coach, died Wednesday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Timonium resident was 64.

Mr. Miller was born in Miami and was raised in Switzerland and Bangor, Maine. He was a 1962 graduate of Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Mass.

He earned a master's degree in education in 1969 from the Johns Hopkins University and a second master's, also from Hopkins, in administration in 1974.

Mr. Miller, who had worked for the state for 31 years, was director of its Department of General Services at the time of his 1997 retirement.

A licensed real estate broker and appraiser, he also taught business and real estate courses at Hopkins, Loyola College and the Community College of Baltimore County.

Mr. Miller was a board member of the Cockeysville Recreation Council, where he had coached soccer for 41 years and established a program for girls in 1986. The program, which started with 90 girls, had more than 500 players a decade later.

In 1997, Mr. Miller was selected by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association as the SGMA HEROES award winner for Maryland.

He also coached soccer at Maryvale Preparatory School, the Garrison Forest School and Dulaney High School, where he was recently inducted into the school's Hall of Fame for his contributions to the girls' soccer program.

Mr. Miller was a member of the Optimists Club and the Coachford Community Association.

He was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 103 Church Lane, Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, the former Mary Ellen Schap; two sons, Randy Miller of Cockeysville and Kevin Miller of Arlington, Va.; three daughters, Susan Miller of Towson, Tracy Kilcoyne of Timonium and Christina Bohn of Westminster; and nine grandchildren.

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