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Thomas W. Miller

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Thomas W. MILLER Born 8/12/1932, Hibbing, Minnesota Died 3/21/2011, Seattle, Washington. Tom is survived by wife Nancy Bickford Miller, children Brian Miller and Heather (Teresa) Miller, all of Seattle, and sister Kay Jones of San Antonio. Tom and Nancy celebrated their 50- year anniversary in February 2010. Raised in Seattle, Tom graduated from Franklin High School,the University of Washington (mechanical engineering, 1954), the California Institute of Technology (M.S. structural dynamics, 1957), and attended Columbia University's Executive Program in Business Administration in the summer of 1981. In his nearly 40 years at the Boeing Company, Tom worked as a chief engineer or project manager on the Jetfoil, Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM), Peacekeeper (MX), Airborne Optical Adjunct (AOA), and SRAM programs.He retired as an Aerospace vice president in 1990. Mountain climbing, skiing, hiking, and photography were an important part of Tom's life, which included trips to Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Europe, India, and New Zealand. Among his notable climbs were first ascents of Johannesberg's Northeast Buttress route (North Cascades, 1949), and Mt. Cook (Alaska, 1953). His book The North Cascades, published by the Mountaineers in 1964, was a factor in establishing North Cascades National Park. Tom and Nancy served on the original editorial committee for Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, first published by The Mountaineers in 1960 and now in its 8th edition. Tom also provided editorialand design assistance for The Mountaineers Literary Fund Committee. He served as executive editor for 100 Hikes in Western Washington (1966). This led to a series of very popular Mountaineers guidebooks. He designed and chose the photographs for The Alpine Lakes (1971), which helped establish the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. No services will be held. Memorials can be sent to The Mountaineers (mountaineers.org) or Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (fhcrc.org).
Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 29 to Apr. 3, 2011
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