Edward Judson "Jay" Miller III, longtime Baltimore County police spokesman, died yesterday of cardiac and respiratory failure at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Timonium resident and former News American reporter was 71.
Known to several generations of local reporters as E. Jay Miller, Mr. Miller was the amiable director of the Baltimore County Police Department's Office of Public Information from 1977 and until his retirement in 1995.
"I was blessed having Jay Miller as part of my management team," said said former Baltimore County Police Chief Corneilus J. Behan. "His integrity was without question. He was tireless in keeping the public informed about police matters. I will miss him as a friend and a colleague,"
Mr. Miller left the News American in the mid-1950s and began his Baltimore county government service in 1957 when he was named public relations secretary to the county executive. In 1963, he was appointed director of the county Office of Information and Research, a position he held until he joined the Baltimore County Fire Department as public information officer in 1977.
A man of medium build who often dressed in blue blazers and gray slacks and wore glasses and a carefully trimmed mustache, Mr. Miller was a familiar figure to Baltimore area television viewers for nearly two decades when interviewed at crime scenes and police headquarters.
"I think he tried to do his best to keep the public informed about what the police were doing in the face of great difficulty," said Robert A. Erlandson, retired Sun reporter whose friendship with Mr. Miller dated to the early 1950s when both were young police reporters.
Mr. Miller was born and raised in Richmond, Va., where he graduated from high school. He earned his bachelor's degree from Washington College in Chestertown, and did graduate work in public information administration at American University.
He was a member of the Maryland Press Club, Baltimore Public Relations Council, and the Towson Jaycees. He was an avid golfer who played at Longview Golf Course. He also enjoyed traveling.
Mr. Miller was a communicant for many years at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Texas, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Ruth Cooper; three sons, E. Judd Miller IV of Nashville, Tenn., Jeffrey C. Miller of Severna Park and Bradley T. Miller of Basking Ridge, N.J.; a brother Michael Boyd Miller of Brielle, N.J.; and seven grandchildren.