In Memory

Richard Clarke Miller - Class Of 1937

Richard Clarke Miller

Born October 22, 1918, Richard Clarke Miller was a second generation Californian, the second son of Robert P. and Helen C. Miller.  Raised in California, he attended schools in the San Marino-South Pasadena-Pasadena area, followed by UC Berkeley and graduation from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-46.

Richard passed away on October 23, 2012, with his children and his wife Joan by his side.  He was 94 years and one day.

Richard worked for SWECO (formerly Southwestern Engineering Company) for 33 years.  He was a member of the California Club, Los Angeles Yacht Club, and Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honorary society.  He helped raise funds for a variety of causes, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, SmileTrain and the Rio Hondo Boys Club.  He was very active in the Vernon Rotary Club, participating in activities to aid families with children with special needs.  He served as president during the 1966-67 year.  Richard's hobbies included boating, motor-homing, and photography.

Richard will be remembered for his sharp wit and sense of humor.  He was happiest enjoying his retirement traveling by boat or motor-home with Joan to rendezvous with their many friends.  His passion for photography might be remembered by some as an exercise of his dogged stubbornness and determination, but his vivid documentation of the family will be cherished.  He was a caring, supportive and generous friend and family man who will be so missed.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years and the love of his life, Joan; and his four children, Cass Adelsbach, Margaret Nardizzi, Caroline Lieber, and Richard C. Miller, Jr; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and his sons-and daughter-in-law.

Ventura County Star, October 30, 2012