Last Update :11/15/2006
Maryland Golf Loses the Great Alvin Miller
Golf enthusiasts and many others are mourning the loss of Alvin I. Miller after he passed away at his home in Rockville this morning, Wednesday, November 15th, at the age of 85. Preliminarily, services are to be held at Adas Israel Congregation at 2850 Quebec Street, NW 20008 (Connecticut Avenue and Porter Street) in the District of Columbia at 1:00 PM on Friday, November 17th. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ameridcan Kidney Foundation.
Alvin Miller served on the Executive Committee of the Maryland State Golf Association for ten years and was the President of the Association in 1989. As well as being a fine player in his own right, Mr. Miller was a devoted servant of the game of golf. During his almost 60 years of membership at Woodmont Country Club, he was the golf chairman for several years and served on many other Woodmont committees. Indeed, Woodmont members, young and old, were constantly seeking Alvin's counsel on dealing with the intracies of the political and golfing scene at the great Rockville club. He also served as the Advertising Committee chairman for the Kemper Open for many years.
In his day job, Alvin was a long-time advertising executive with Giant Food and also oversaw the operations of Turf Valley Resort during a period when a group of Giant Food executives controlled the rambling complex in Ellicott City. Indeed, Alvin Miller was the facilitator of facilitators. In a stroke of genius, he hired Bill Strausbaugh to the head professional job at Turf Valley prior to the Coach's move to Columbia Country Club, where Strausbaugh became one of the foremost teachers and club professionals in the history of American golf. Alvin counted among his close friends and frequent golfing partners not only Strausbaugh and Woodmont professional Tony Marlowe but also Chevy Chase professional Ward Burgess and Norbeck professional Henry Gerardi.
Alvin Miller also played a key role in getting together the interested parties for
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