Bryce Miller Obit (2001)

Here's Bryce Miller's's 2001 obit by UPI:


STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 18 (UPI) - Bryce B. Miller, a former United Press International reporter and editor regarded by colleagues and friends as a top-notch journalist with a heart of gold, died Monday at his home.

Miller, 71, whose 14 years at UPI included three years as Saigon bureau chief during the Vietnam War, was most recently president of Paradigm News Inc., which he founded in 1998 as a full-feature syndicating company for columnists writing on a varied list of topics. He was developing an offshoot known as "MarketFizz," a marketing tool for companies to deliver quality content to their customers. Miller also was on the board of directors of Futuris Networks, an Internet service provider based in Stamford.

"I met Bryce in 1961 when I joined UPI in Dallas. He was the overnight editor and probably put out the best early p.m. report the bureau had ever seen," recalled friend and former UPI colleague Paul Freeman. "He was tireless without being hyperactive and did his best on every rewrite -- be the story large or small.

"A good breaking story, however, got his juices flowing. He would concentrate totally, usually with the hint of a puckish smile as his fingers flew," Freeman said.

Miller was assigned to Saigon from 1965 to 1968 and former UPI colleague Al Webb, now in London, remembered him as "one of the finest Unipressers I ever worked for and with."

"In addition to being a terrific newsman and editor himself, he was always ready to lend a helping hand or with a few words to boost a sagging morale at crisis time," Webb said. "He will be terribly missed as a colleague, but mostly as just a damned good friend."

Leon Daniel, longtime UPI reporter and editor, said: "When I worked for him 35 years ago in Vietnam, he was an enthusiastic supporter of everyone in the Saigon bureau. Bryce had an abundance of news sense and energy. His leadership brought prestige to our wires. He was kind, generous and fun loving. No one was quicker to buy a round, pick up a check or tell a joke."

After Saigon, Miller was night managing editor for UPI News Pictures in New York. During his tenure with the wire service, he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Former UPI White House Bureau Chief Helen Thomas called Miller "a magnificent newspaper man" who had "friends all over the world."

UPI Executive Editor Tobin Beck said: "Bryce was a great newsman and a good friend, always full of enthusiasm and a sense of humor. He was a wire service journalist from the old school -- he could and did do everything."

After leaving UPI, Miller went on to become a communications executive with Pan American World Airways for 12 years. In 1982 he joined ITT Corp. as director of news services and corporate spokesman. In 1987, he joined MagnaTex International, based in Stamford, where he supervised daily operations and also was responsible for database acquisition, direct sales and systems maintenance.

Hugh Brower, of Futuris Networks, said Miller "lived a very adventurous life" from mowing lawns as a boy at President Harry Truman's home in Missouri, to reporting from Dallas on the aftermath of the assassination of President Kennedy, to flying combat missions with the troops during Vietnam, to his involvement with one of the first Internet services.

"He worked for Pan Am at a time when the airline was rolling out the first Boeing 747s ever built, and got to ride on the jumbo aircraft with the test pilots," Brower said. Miller's team won the PRSA Silver Anvil Award, given for outstanding achievement in public relations, for its work on the introduction of the B-747 into the commercial market.

"It is expected that a person's exploits and positive qualities will be accentuated by mourners after they have died," Brower said. "In the case of Bryce, no exaggeration is necessary. He was among the most generous people on the planet. He had no acquaintances, only friends. He befriended almost everyone he met, and was quite literally willing to give them the shirt off his back."

Born June 1, 1930, in Independence, Mo., Miller received a degree in business administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he also taught picture editing at the School of Journalism. He worked for a time as a reporter for the Columbia Tribune and later attended Arkansas Law School in Little Rock.

He was founding president of the Vietnam Foreign Correspondents Association and served as director of the Overseas Press Club. He was a director of the Fairfield County Public Relations Association and a member of the International Association of Business Communications.

Survivors include Miller's wife of 29 years, Jane.