Alvin I. Miller, 85, a vice president with Giant Food Inc., died Nov. 15 of
kidney failure at his home in Rockville.
Mr. Miller was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Roosevelt High
School. He served in the Navy during World War II.
After the war, he worked with the Kal, Ehrlich Merrick advertising firm
and formed an advertising agency, Miller & Cohen. He also worked for State
Farm Insurance Co. before joining Giant in 1962 as director of advertising.
Mr. Miller spent 23 years with Giant, retiring in 1985 as vice president of
advertising and public relations. In 1967, he received the Silver Medal Award
as the Advertising Club of Metropolitan Washington's man of the year.
As a young man, Mr. Miller worked on the sidelines at the old Griffith
Stadium, handling electrical wiring during Washington Redskins games. He
attended every Redskin game over a period of more than 30 years. He also
coached the Kenwood Cubs Little League baseball team in Bethesda and was a
basketball coach at the Bethesda Boys and Girls Club.
Mr. Miller enjoyed golf and played with President Dwight D. Eisenhower
and Vice President Richard M. Nixon on separate occasions in the 1950s. He
also played with golf immortal Ben Hogan. Mr. Miller was president of the
Maryland State Golf Association in 1989.
In 1992, he was founding chairman and the gala dinner chairman of both
the Greater Washington Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the sports hall of fame
of the B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum.
Mr. Miller was a Bethesda resident for more than 20 years and lived in
Washington from 1975 to 2000 before moving to Rockville. He was past
president of the Amity Club of Washington and a member of Adas Israel
Congregation in Washington.
His wife of 21 years, Bobbye Miller, died in 1974.
His marriage to Denise Miller ended in divorce.
Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Joanie Miller and
Mark C. Miller, both of Rockville; and one granddaughter.