Edward George Miller, 86, a retired Navy captain who also directed capital fundraising campaigns for universities, died Oct. 2 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of complications after gastrointestinal surgery.
Capt. Miller, who lived in Falls Church, was a native of Leighton, Pa. He attended Lehigh University for a year before entering the Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1941.
He served in naval combat engagements from North Africa to Okinawa and received a Bronze Star for his participation in the battle at Utah Beach during the D-Day invasion.
His postwar assignments included serving on the staff of the commander of the 6th Fleet and deputy director and then director of the Navy secretary's shipyard appraisal group.
Capt. Miller was a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk and the Army War College in Pennsylvania. He received a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University.
He received his second Bronze Star in 1965 when, as commander of the USS Raleigh, the Navy's first amphibious transport dock, he took part in a troop landing and evacuation operation in the Dominican Republic.
In his final assignment before retiring from the Navy in 1968, he served in the office of chief of naval operations at the Pentagon.
Capt. Miller then worked in the private sector, joining Ketchum Inc., a public relations firm in Pittsburgh. For 10 years, he directed capital fundraising projects for higher education institutions, including Johns Hopkins University and St. Louis University law school.
An active church volunteer, he helped with the founding of the Monastery of Bethlehem in Livingston Manor, N.Y.
He was a past president of the Lake Barcroft Management Association and a member of John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Annandale.
His first wife, Jean Anne Miller, died in 1962.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Mary A. Miller of Falls Church; three sons from his first marriage, David E., of Chicago, Craig L., of West Chester, Pa., and Richard W., of Portland, Ore.; six stepchildren, Anne Myers Bobigian of Stoughton, Mass., F. Barton Suhre of Silver Spring, David T. Suhre of Idaho Falls, Idaho, John A. Suhre of Norfolk, Cecile Suhre of Aix-les-Bains, France, and Robert L. Suhre of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.