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Paul J. Miller, Westinghouse Electric Corp. designer, dies

Paul J. Miller worked at Westinghouse from 1952 to 1992.
Paul J. Miller worked at Westinghouse from 1952 to 1992. (Handout / HANDOUT)

Paul J. Miller, who worked 40 years at Westinghouse Electric Corp. mostly in design, died of complications from pneumonia July 3 at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The former longtime Towson resident was 93.

Paul Joseph Miller, son of William Miller, a Baltimore Sun printer and typographical union official, and his wife, Helen Miller, a homemaker, was born at home on Ivanhoe Avenue in North Baltimore, and raised there.

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He was a 1946 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and served in the Army from 1946 to 1947 before entering Duke University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1951. While at Duke, he played lacrosse and was a member of Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Theta Chi and the Order of St. Patrick.

In 1956, he obtained a certificate in business management from the Johns Hopkins University, a certificate in modern engineering in 1960 from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree in 1963 in engineering administration from the George Washington University. He also was a 1980 graduate of Northwestern University’s executive program.

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He began working at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River in 1951 as a senior draftsman. A year later he joined Westinghouse, and during his subsequent 40-year career held positions as supervising engineer, design operations manager, computer operations director, research and design manager, and deputy division manager.

While at Westinghouse, he worked to design and develop electronics for aviation, space travel and the U.S. Department of Defense, until retiring in 1992.

In retirement, he worked for several years in finance for Miller Refrigeration, a business owned by his son, Tony Miller, of Lutherville.

He married the former Josephine Vitrano in 1953, and settled into a home on Aintree Road in Towson where they raised their four children.

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The Millers were active congregants of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson and members of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. They were also longtime active supporters of Our Daily Bread.

Mr. Miller had been a member of the Mayor of Baltimore’s Consultants Advisory Board, and was a member and former president of the Engineering Society of Baltimore.

He was a passionate supporter of Duke University sports, a voracious reader and a world traveler. He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, plays, concerts and graduations, family members said.

In 2012, he and his wife moved to the Mercy Ridge senior retirement community in Timonium.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered July 9 at his church.

In addition to his wife of 68 years and son, Mr. Miller is survived by two other sons, Paul “Peck” Miller of Ocean City and Andy Miller of Annapolis; a daughter, Mari Fran Gregory of Kent Island; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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