Community - September 15, 2010

Frances and Arjay Miller celebrate 70th anniversary

The family and friends of Frances and Arjay Miller gathered in their home in Woodside on Aug. 15 for a celebration of their 70th wedding anniversary. It also marked their 40 years in the home they built on Mountain Home Road.

The Millers met at UCLA and were married Aug. 18, 1940, when they were graduate students at UC Berkeley. Military service took Mr. Miller to the Pentagon as an Army Air Force officer. Ms. Miller worked as an economist in the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

In 1946, Mr. Miller became one of the 10 "Whiz Kids" recruited by Ford Motor Co. He went on to become president of Ford, serving from 1963 to 1968. (Another of the "Whiz Kids" was Robert McNamara, who also became president of Ford and U.S. defense secretary.)

In 1969, the Millers returned to the Bay Area, where he became dean and professor of management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He resigned after 10 years. "Don't say retired," says Ms. Miller, according to her daughter, Ann Olstad, "because he doesn't know the meaning of retired."

Family attending the Miller's celebration included their son, Kenneth, his wife, Gisele, daughter Ann Olstad and her husband, Jim; three granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.


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