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Theodore Harry Miller

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Theodore Harry Miller was born on 27 Jan 1905 in Kansas, the son of Harry and Otie Miller. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1921.

On 14 Sep 1921, he entered K-State studying electrical engineering. He attended through the spring semester of 1926.

He lived in the Phi Beta Sigma Chapter House, 1020 Colorado, throughout his association with K-State.

During the Aggie Orpheum in 1925, the Phi Beta Sigma act entitled "Sketches in Art and Music" won second place. Louis Fry, tenor banjo, and Theodore Miller, piano, played several jazz numbers. In 1926, Phi Beta Sigma again took second place with their entry "Hotsy Totsy Town," consisting of a series of jazz musical selections with Charleston dancing as a feature of the act. It was a close battle, requiring three rounds of voting before the judge could determine who received the loudest applause.

"The best dancer for miles around was my frat brother Mouse Miller, who also beat out an adequate piano and was a natural comedian. Most of us thought he should have gone on the stage instead of studying electrical engineering, although later he became an inspector for Uncle Sam, assigned to installations throughout the Pacific area. Our belief in Miller's potential was strengthened when a crazy little broad, who had danced professionally in Harlem and Chicago, settled temporarily in Manhattan and teamed with Mouse. We called her 'Hey Hey' after the rhythm and commonly used expression of most Charleston dances."
    Livin' the Blues, pg. 96-97

He graduated from the University of Nevada with a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1930. According to the Phi Beta Sigma history, Our Cause Speeds On, he worked for Westinghouse Electric Company for several years. He was a supervisor of electrical design, Design Department, U.S. Navy, San Francisco, during World War II. From 1946-1949, he was an electrical engineer for the Veteran's Administration, then served as assistant head of the Engineering Division from 1949-1951. In 1957, he was an electrical engineer for the Ninth Region of General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service in San Francisco, where he supervised electrical construction and repair of government owned and leased buildings in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. He served Phi Beta Sigma as President of the Alpha Nu Sigma Chapter and Western Regional Director.

Theodore H. Miller died on 03 Jan 2000 in Daly City, San Mateo, CA.

Sources of Information:

K-State Transcript
K-State Directory, 1921-1925
Royal Purple, 1923-1926
1910 Census: Kansas - Wyandotte County - Kansas City Ward 3 - District 158
1920 Census: Missouri - Jackson County - Kansas City Ward 15 - District 248
Social Security Death Index
Kansas State Collegian (Manhattan, Kansas) 13 Feb 1925: "Aggie Orpheum best ever says manager Pfeutze"
Kansas State Collegian (Manhattan, Kansas) 24 Feb 1925: "Walker, Dickens & Co. win $25 Aggie Orpheum prize"
Kansas State Collegian (Manhattan, Kansas) 09 Mar 1926: "Wilson takes Orpheum prize"
Savage, W Sherman. Our Cause Speeds On (1957)
Davis, Frank Marshall. Livin' the Blues (1992)
University Archives, University of Nevada, Reno