MILLER LAURA ARIANE MILLER "Laurie" Laura Ariane "Laurie" Miller, age 61, Died peacefully on August 16, 2015, at her home in Alexandria, VA after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Born April 26, 1954 in Brooklyn, NY, only child of Phoebe and Walter Miller, Laurie grew up in the Midwest and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1974. Go Blue! She then attended the Kennedy School of Government, receiving her Masters in Public Policy in 1976. After graduation, Laurie moved to D.C. and served as Special Assistant to Secretary Joseph Califano and later as deputy commissioner of the U.S. Administration for Children, Youth and Families at the then Department of Health, Education and Welfare. After leaving the government and having her own consulting firm, which directed fundraising for the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, Laurie attended Yale Law School. She was a John Fletcher Caskey Prize Winner. Upon graduating in 1988, Laurie clerked for Justice Bryon R. White.Laurie next became a trial lawyer, working for several years with Plato Cacheris and eventually joining the Nixon Peabody law firm. Her practice focused on government investi- gations and white collar defense, and she was active in numerous professional organizations, especially the ABA Section of Litigation. Laurie was among a small group of lawyers selected to train Sudanese lawyers for proceedings in the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Laurie also was actively engaged in supporting the arts and mentoring students at the Chautauqua Institution in New York and Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, as well as the University of Michigan, Michigan in Washington Program and its Political Science Department. Her insatiable and passionate love of learning and sharing were the hallmarks of her life. Laurie is survived by her beloved partner, Lois C. Greisman, and countless family members and friends. The date for a memorial service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington will be announced in the near future. In lieu of flowers, Laurie's family and friends ask that any donations be made to one of the scholarships Laurie set up or to other designated donees. Under direction of Northern Virginia Burial & Cremation Society. www.novacremate.comwww.novacremate.com
Published by The Washington Post from Aug. 18 to Aug. 21, 2015.