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David M. Millar, architect, painter

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Friday, March 11, 2011; 6:04 PM

David M. Millar, an architect who designed buildings for the Marriott Corp. in the 1970s and 1980s and then spent about a decade as a driver for the Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Co., died March 1 at his home in Washington. He was 57.

Determination of the cause of death is pending further tests, according to the D.C. medical examiner's office.

For the past 15 years, Mr. Miller spent his time at the National Gallery of Art pursuing his hobby of copying paintings by the old masters. He was particularly fond of imitating work by Paul Cezanne, but he also copied landscapes by Willard Metcalf and paintings by the Spanish Baroque artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo.

David McLaren Millar was born in Washington. The son of a Foreign Service officer, he grew up around the world before graduating from high school in North Andover, Mass.

In 1976, he graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He also received a master's degree in architecture from Columbia University.

He was a member of Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a brother, Bruce Millar of Washington, and a sister, Wendy Phillips of Manhattan.

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