Miller, Frank Robert

Frank Robert Miller, engineer, air chief marshal (b at Kamloops, BC 30 Apr 1908; d at Charlotteville, Va 20 Oct 1997). Miller joined the RCAF in 1931 and commanded training schools in WWII before proceeding overseas in 1944 as a station commander. He rose to vice-chief of the air staff 1951-54, but left the air force to serve as deputy minister of national defence 1955-60. He became chairman, Chiefs of Staff, 1960-64, and chief of the defence staff 1964-66. As Canada's first COS, he presided over the integration of the 3 service headquarters and the command organization of the Canadian Armed Forces. Quiet, gracious and known for an ability to cut through to the heart of the matter, Miller was the only man ever to hold both the top permanent civil and military positions in the Department of National Defence. He was appointed a commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1946 and a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1972.